31.7% of Kyrgyz population living in absolute poverty

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BISHKEK [ACTED News] - A World Bank study on the profile and dynamics of poverty in Kyrgyzstan has highlighted that 1.7 million people in the country were living below the poverty line in 2009, translating to 31.7% of the population. The report finds that poverty is mainly rural and sectoral, as in other agriculture-based economies, and increases in high altitude mountainous areas. Provinces with the highest poverty rates are Issyk-Kul, Narryn, and Osh.

ACTED currently makes food distributions in Osh, Jalalabad, Narryn and Batken provinces, as well as agricultural development and peacebuilding, targeting rural areas where the incidence of poverty is the greatest.