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 Poverty Reduction We support in improving their lives and lifting themselves out of poverty (Photo: UN Moz.)

For the extreme poverty target the country aims at reducing poverty incidence to half, by 2015, that is, starting from the 80% poverty rate in 1990 the country should reduce the proportion of people living below the poverty line to 40% by 2015.

The Most recent national poverty assessment in Mozambique was carried in 2008/9. In it, the Consumption based poverty, was estimated to be 54.7% nationally. This rate had corresponded to a reduction of poverty by 12.1 percentage points (pp) compared to 1996/97, when the incidence was 69.4%. In 2002/03 the poverty incidence rate was 54.1%, meaning that there were no statistically significant changes in the levels of poverty between 2002/03 and 2008/09.

Due population growth, the absolute number of people below the poverty line increased from 9.9 million to 11.7 million people in that period.


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