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Caribbean poverty levels down - UN report

Published:Wednesday | August 27, 2014 | 11:40 AM

The United Nations says poverty in the Caribbean and Latin America has been reduced by almost a half.

It means that about six million people have been lifted out of poverty recent years.

A new United Nations Development Programme, UNDP report, says poverty levels from 2000-2012 fell from 41.7 per cent to 25.3 per cent of the population.

However, despite the progress, it warned that some 200 million people, or 37.8 per cent of the population, remained vulnerable.

The UNDP has called for more investment in social protection programmes.

It calculates poverty as living with less than four US dollars a day.

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