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Over a third of Argentine population in poverty conditions says food and nutrition report

Monday, July 8th 2013 - 06:46 UTC
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Slums or ‘misery villas’ in downtown Buenos Aires, just a few blocks from Government House  Slums or ‘misery villas’ in downtown Buenos Aires, just a few blocks from Government House

At least 17.8% of the Argentine population lives in indigence conditions, taking as reference a ‘Healthy Food Basket’ which estimates family monthly needs in 3.700 Pesos which is more that five times the official stats office Indec reference sum of 730 Pesos.

The official exchange rate in Argentina is 5.40 Pesos to the US dollar and in the range of 7.00 Pesos in the parallel market.

It’s election time in Argentina, with a mid term vote scheduled for next October, and although the paper was surfaced by two opposition candidates it is based on the findings of the University of Buenos Aires Nutrition School over a period of several years.

Working on these findings, 7.3 million Argentines do not have access to what the Nutrition School considers a ‘healthy food basket’, which is 6.6 million more than the official Indec data. Furthermore the numbers of poor people who do not feed according to the ‘healthy basket’ add up to 15.6 million which works out at approximately 37.9% of an Argentine population estimated in 40 million.

Likewise based on the latest cost of living stats, (inflation), the report also shows that the cost of purchasing a healthy food basket is 303% dearer than the one estimated by Indec in indigence conditions and 217% for those living in poverty conditions.

Additionally in the first half of the current year the cost of a healthy food basket has soared 34% while incomes have increased 25%.

The political conclusion of this (opposition) reading is that “if our objective is to have no household below the indigence and poverty lines despite the growth experience by Argentina in the last decade, then we can say that the country is far from having achieved a reasonable situation”.

“If we are talking of having a healthy nutrition, the poor and indigent in Argentina are far more than those that the ‘Kirchnerite revolution’ admits”.

According to the questioned figures from the Indec stats office, the percentage of poor people in Argentina is 6.5% which means less than 2.7% while indigence extends to 1.7% equivalent to 700.000 persons, which contrasts with the 15.6 million or 37.9% of Argentine population that do not have access to what is considered a basic ‘healthy food basket’.


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  • LEPRecon

    Well when the government tells you that you can only live on 7 pesos a day, is anyone really surprised at this.

    I expect the usual trolls to post on here soon, no doubt ordered by their La Campora paymasters to DEFLECT, DEFLECT, DEFLECT.

    So they'll change the subject or start with the 'whataboutery'.

    Should be interesting to read how they're going to spin this one.

    Jul 08th, 2013 - 09:02 am 0
  • RICO

    I think you will find that Argentina thinks you can live on 24 pesos a day, or $3.

    Presumably they assume you hunt for your own food, live in a bivouac, drink rain water and never need medical treatment.

    Jul 08th, 2013 - 11:35 am 0
  • yankeeboy

    The poor used to eat pasta and bread to fill-up.
    Now what do they eat?
    I seem to remember someone talking about tree bark soup,

    Jul 08th, 2013 - 11:35 am 0
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