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20080526 – Gobierno Perú dice pobreza bajó a 39,3 pct en 2007

Posted in 3 Cables with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2009 by Farid Matuk

Por Teresa Céspedes
LIMA (Reuters) – La pobreza en Perú disminuyó el año pasado 5,2 puntos porcentuales para situarse en un 39,3 por ciento, debido al fuerte crecimiento económico, aunque aún persiste una gran desigualdad en algunas ciudades andinas frente a las ubicadas sobre la costa del país, dijo el Gobierno.
El Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática (INEI) dijo el lunes que la pobreza es menor frente al 44,5 por ciento del 2006 y al 48,7 por ciento del 2005, aunque aún afecta a un fuerte porcentaje de los 27,2 millones de habitantes del país.
La disminución marcha en línea con la meta del Gobierno del presidente Alan García, que apunta a reducir la pobreza a un 30 por ciento al término de su mandato en el 2011.
Las cifras fueron obtenidas con el apoyo técnico del Banco Mundial, del Instituto de Investigación para el Desarrollo IRD de Francia y organismos peruanos como el Banco Central de Reserva y el Ministerio de Economía.
“La pobreza en el país, durante el año 2007, disminuyó de 44,5 por ciento a 39,3 por ciento,” dijo el jefe del INEI, Renán Quispe, a periodistas.
Perú registra desde hace seis años un sólido crecimiento económico, debido principalmente a la expansión de los sectores vinculados a la demanda interna y el auge de sus exportaciones mineras.
“Hay un círculo virtuoso, la economía está creciendo y está empezando a generar empleos cada vez de mejor calidad, está llegando poco a poco a todas partes del país y eso es positivo,” dijo el director regional del Banco Mundial para Bolivia, Ecuador, Perú y Venezuela, Felipe Jaramillo.
“Creemos que esto está muy asociado a la gran inversión que se ha venido dando en los dos o tres años, el muy buen manejo económico, el mayor acceso a los mercados externos y algunos de los programas sociales del Gobierno,” agregó.
La economía peruana creció el año pasado un 8,99 por ciento, la tasa más alta desde 1994.
CONTRASTES

El INEI afirmó además que el porcentaje de personas en pobreza extrema -que no accede siquiera a una canasta mínima de alimentación- en Perú fue de un 13,7 por ciento el año pasado, menor que el 16,1 por ciento del 2006.
“La tasa de reducción de la pobreza me parece una fantasía, me parece inverosímil. A este paso, si reducimos cinco puntos por año, vamos a terminar en 20 por ciento en el 2011,” dijo el analista y ex jefe del INEI, Farid Matuk, en conversación telefónica con Reuters.
Pese a la reducción mostrada por el Gobierno de García, todavía existen algunas regiones andinas del país que viven en la pobreza.
El INEI informó que la pobreza en las zonas urbanas se redujo el año pasado a un 25,7 por ciento desde el 31,2 por ciento del 2006, mientras que en el área rural bajó a 64,6 por ciento desde el 69,3 por ciento del año previo.
“Al analizar la incidencia de la pobreza por áreas de residencia y regiones naturales, se constata que el promedio nacional oculta situaciones de contraste,” agregó Quispe.
Por regiones, la pobreza en la costa fue de 22,6 por ciento, mientras que en los poblados andinos el indicador fue de 60,1 por ciento. En la región amazónica, la pobreza alcanzó al 48,4 por ciento de los peruanos.
Mientras en Lima la pobreza afectó el año pasado a un 18,5 por ciento de su población, el panorama es radicalmente distinto en algunos poblados andinos.
En Huancavelica, ubicada a 445 kilómetros al sureste de Lima, la pobreza afecta a un 85,7 por ciento de la población.
En las ciudades andinas de Apurímac y Ayacucho, la pobreza llega a un 69,5 por ciento y 68,3 por ciento respectivamente, mientras que en Puno, en la zona del sureste y cerca de la frontera con Bolivia, la pobreza fue de un 67,2 por ciento.
El tamaño de la muestra para determinar el nivel de pobreza fue de unas 20.000 familias a nivel nacional.
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PERU: Upbeat Poverty Stats Questioned

Posted in 3 Cables with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by Farid Matuk

By Milagros Salazar

LIMA, May 29 (IPS) – The Peruvian government has announced that poverty fell by 5.2 percent in a year and forecasts that by 2015, less than 10 percent of the population will be below the poverty line. But experts and provincial governors cast doubt on these figures, given the unmet basic needs of peasant families.

“These poverty figures show that Peru’s economic model is working,” Finance Minister Luis Carranza said on Wednesday after announcing that according to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), the proportion of people living in poverty dropped from 44.5 percent of the population in 2006 to 39.3 percent in 2007.

This means that nearly 1.4 million Peruvians have escaped poverty, and is an improvement on the 42 percent poverty rate projected by the authorities. President Alan García celebrated the result, saying that he had not been over-optimistic when he promised that by the end of his term, in 2011, poverty would be reduced to 30 percent.

“I can tell the country that my aspirations go even further and that by 2015 we will have a poverty rate of less than 10 percent of the population, which means that Peru will no longer be a Third World country,” said the president, making a forecast that exceeds his five-year term of office.

Meanwhile, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty shrank from 16.1 percent to 13.7 percent of the population. The country’s Andean highlands, as opposed to the coastal and Amazon jungle regions of Peru, are home to 67.5 percent of the extreme poor.

The results of the 2007 census, to be released on Jun. 9, will give a more precise idea of how many people have been lifted out of poverty, and what extrapolations can be made, said the head of INEI, Renán Quispe.

President García did not make allowances in his calculations for population growth, which is occurring at a rate of 1.3 percent a year. According to the latest official statistics, 27.2 million people live in Peru.

But Farid Matuk, a former head of INEI, said that the figures given out by the authorities were not credible.

“In spite of the nine percent gross domestic product growth posted in 2007, the García administration could not possibly have managed to reduce poverty by nearly 10 percent in two years, when the previous government of President Alejandro Toledo only achieved a fall of six points in five years,” Matuk told IPS.

The expert also said the García administration has manipulated the figures by increasing the 2005 poverty rate by nearly four percentage points, from 44.5 to 48 percent of the population, by changing the method used to measure poverty.

“These results are completely illogical. I suspect that urban incomes have been inflated in order to show this reduction in poverty,” Matuk said.

That would explain that poverty was reported to have fallen most in urban areas, from 31.2 to 25.7 percent.

But the figures show apparent improvement in rural areas as well. Between 2005 and 2006 rural poverty fell by only 1.6 percent, but in 2007 it was reduced by 4.7 percent.

The highlands region showed the least progress in fighting rural poverty, with a total reduction of only 3.2 percent, while in coastal rural areas poverty dropped by up to 11 percent.

In Matuk’s view, the INEI experts may have overvalued the prices assigned to the food grown by rural families

Since many families, mainly in the rural areas, grow their own food or provide their own essential services, such as water, INEI assigns these goods a value which, in Matuk’s opinion, should be made public, in order to assess the reliability of their figures.

Based on this method, INEI set the poverty line at 229.4 soles (82 dollars) a month per person, and the extreme poverty line at 121.2 soles (43 dollars) a month. Persons consuming less than these amounts are considered poor, or extremely poor, respectively.

“It’s important to know what price was assigned to some foods like eggs and potatoes, and also, for example, what value was established for ‘self-rent’ in marginalised urban areas. So far none of this is known, so the poverty lines are a mystery,” he said.

In response to the criticism, INEI published this information on its web site on Tuesday, and experts are now analysing it. INEI emphasised that it had received advice from the World Bank and several research centres in drawing up its report.

“The results are in compliance with international guidelines, and most importantly, they are transparent,” said World Bank regional director Felipe Jaramillo.

Matuk said that one way of demonstrating that the economic growth achieved between 2006 and 2007 had no impact on the living conditions of the majority of the population is that hunger had only been reduced by just over one percent — “in other words, hardly at all” — over the same period.

For his part, Pedro Francke, an economist at the Pontificia Catholic University, concluded that the method used by INEI did not take into account higher food prices, and was only showing one side of poverty. He said the institute should use a much broader form of measurement that is not only monetary.

“The quality of health and education services that are provided to the population should be measured, as well as whether or not people have identity documents, and what access they have to democracy, for example,” said Francke.

Several provincial governors expressed doubts that poverty reduction in their area could have been as great as the statistics suggest, especially in provinces where historically over 70 percent of the people were considered poor.

“The statistics must have been manipulated, because people are still protesting in the streets due to the fact that they are not seeing the benefits of economic growth. INEI does not measure poverty in villages and towns in the rural areas, where the extreme poor are concentrated,” Hernán Fuentes, the governor of Puno, told IPS.

In his southern Andean region, poverty fell from 76.3 percent to 67.2 percent, according to the official figures.

The poverty rate also fell in Ayacucho, another southern Andean province, from 78.4 to 68.3 percent. “We were sure that poverty had fallen by three or four percent, but not to such an extent. I hope it’s true,” said Governor Ernesto Molina.

Loreto, in the northeast, is the province that apparently made the most progress, with a spectacular 11.7 percent drop in the poverty rate. Governor Iván Vásquez said that such a reduction was indeed possible, but mainly in large cities like Iquitos, the provincial capital, where over half of the population lives.

In Cuzco, however, the poverty rate rose from 49.9 to 57.4 percent. “The social programmes aren’t working, because out of every 10 soles the government allocates to fight malnutrition or poverty, six are swallowed up by bureaucracy,” said Governor Hugo González.

Huancavelica remains the poorest province, with 85.7 percent of the population below the poverty line, after a reduction of barely three percent. ( END/2008 )

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