While in most Latin American countries poverty rates fall, Costa Rica shares with Mexico and Ecuador the dubious privilege of seeing an increase.
The report "Social Panorama of Latin America 2010" by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), presented in Santiago de Chile by the agency's Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, projected a decrease in poverty of 1.0 and 0, 4 percentage points compared to 2009, when the region suffered the effects of the global financial crisis.
But in Costa Rica poverty increased from 16.4% to 18.9%, according to ECLAC data, which matches the number of the National Institute of Statistics and Census of Costa Rica.
This data is a stark warning to the ruling classes of a country which still distinguishes itself from its Central American neighbors, and even among Latin America, for the relative superiority in the quality of life of its people, supported so far by a vigorous economy based on the good education of its inhabitants in relation to the neighbors. The poverty rate is the best indicator of an economy, and an increase of 2.5% in Costa Rica, while in most countries of the region decreased, indicates the urgent need to correct structural problems.
Economic recovery from the international crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean will be quicker than expected a few months ago.
In its annual report Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2009, the regional commission of the United Nations projects positive growth rates for most countries, but explains that there is still doubts about whether this recovery will be sustainable over time, given that the external scenario continues uncertain, which may affect growth expectations in the region.
The Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas: A perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean 2011-2012.
ECLAC, FAO and IICA press release:
San Jose, Costa Rica, October 21 (ECLAC/FAO/IICA). Despite the current context of volatility and high food prices, in the long term, the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will be able to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by having available land - albeit concentrated in a few countries- a relative abundance of water, biodiversity and well-educated human resources.
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