Perfiles de la pobreza y la desigualdad en América Latina
MetadataShow full item record
Rivas Rios, Libardo. 2000. Perfiles de la pobreza y la desigualdad en América Latina. Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Cali, CO. 43 p.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/71983
Income in Latin America is highly concentrated, more than in any other developing region of the world. Despite the fact that economic growth is an important element in the struggle against poverty, it alone does not guarantee alleviation or eradication of this phenomenon. Economic growth could favor the higher-income groups, thus exacerbating the problems of inequality faced by the poorer sectors of the population. A growth pattern biased toward agriculture could be effective in reducing poverty if it forms part of a global strategy that includes reallocation policies. The generation of employment is basic to any strategy that aims to reduce poverty. Many Latin American farmers own insufficient land, if any, a factor that prevents them from producing enough to leave poverty behind. In this context, agricultural technologies that generate employment would have a clear impact in terms of poverty alleviation.