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UNDP, Guatemala Human Development report, 2003
Uploaded on Friday 17 Feb 2012
Poverty in Guatemala - rural and urban differences, 2000 and 2002
Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Guatemala, a country of 13 million inhabitants in Central America with some 30% of the population living in poverty. Despite economic growth, many social problems remain in Guatemala - one of the 10 poorest countries in Latin America. The distribution of income is highly unequal and there are vast differences in poverty and livelihoods between urban and rural areas, as presented in this figure. The classes in this figure represent: the 'extreme poverty' income line is defined by income/nutrition for survival, and 'poverty' is defined as the cost of basic needs.