Central America: Perspectives and Future
Central America is blessed with natural resources and has a population of approximately 35 million people.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Nonetheless, poverty is a merciless scourge. 50% of Guatemala's population is in the poverty threshold. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Americas, surpassed only by Haiti. 8 out of every 10 Nicaraguan live on less than $2 per day, and 48% are below the poverty line. Honduras barely does better than Haiti and Nicaragua.
Poverty in Costa Rica has not fallen below 20% in two decades, confirming the validity of the adage "instead of giving fish, teach people to fish."
Costa Rica fell asleep at the wheel, and is now the Latin American country where poverty increased the most between 2008 and 2009.
Avoiding the generation of power using fossil fuels is a necessary goal, but alleviating the energy poverty in which millions of Central Americans find themselves is a priority.
Current policies against global warming are generating higher energy costs hurting the poorest in particular.
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