Tackle poverty hurdle

World Bank report indicating that Kenya has lifted 9.82 million people out of poverty in the past decade should be cause for celebration.

The report says the growth has benefitted the rural populace more than it has the urban poor, having primarily been hinged on improved agricultural yields – due to reduced drought and higher amounts of rainfall.

This data, however, masks the fact that millions more still languish in abject poverty. It perhaps comes as no surprise that the report also shows that Kenya’s poverty rate is about twice the average for lower middle-income countries worldwide.

Notably, the gap between the poor and the wealthy has continued expanding in the years – with the good economic performance largely excluding the majority of citizens.

Full article: Business Daily



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