BELIZE’S COUNTRY POVERTY ASSESSMENT 2009. Summary of the CPA Findings. Background. It is the 3rd exercise to be conducted in Belize, the two others were held in 1995-1996 and 2002.
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Summary of the CPA Findings
National Assessment Team (NAT)
Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce and Industry, and Consumer Protection – Policy and Planning Unit (PPU)
Study Organisation The CPA will be a collaborative effort by consultants (TOC) and Belizean Stakeholders (NAT)
The LSMS was carried out in over 2400 HHs in April and May 2009 by SIB staff.
The LSMS questionnaire gathered information at the household and individual levels.
Questions related to demographic, health, education, housing, household expenditure, crime, food security, government programmes, economic activities and coping strategy were asked.
Poor (not indigent)
Poverty in Belize increased
between 2002 & 2009
- From 24.5% to 31% of households and from 33.5% to 41.3% of the population.
- Severe poverty increased from 7.5% to 10.4% of households and 10.8% to 15.8% of the population.
Increased throughout the country with the exception of Toledo where poverty decreased a little
Poverty has increased for all age groups – young & old, urban & rural, female & male headed HHs
There is not an immutable causal relationship between income poverty or household structure, and well-being.