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6.8 million Ghanaians extremely poor; Unable to buy food-GSS Featured

Written by  Sep 12, 2018
Acting Deputy Government Statistician, David Kombat, has told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the three Northern regions, (Upper East, Upper West and Northern ) are the poorest in the country., The Volta region has also been captured as one the poorest in the latest Statistical Service report on poverty in Ghana. Per the 2017 population projections, 6.8 million poor Ghanaians (23.4 percent) could not afford to spend GH¢4.82 per day in 2016/17 (i.e. GH¢1,760.80 per year in 2016/17). In an interview Kwame Tutu, Mr Kombat said 8.2 percent of Ghanaians were extremely poor and this was based on its 2017 population projections which put the number of extremely poor Ghanaians at 2.4 million. According to him, 2.4 million Ghanaians could not afford to spend GH¢2.69 per day in 2016/17 on food (summing up to GH¢982.1 per year). The regions he explained also did not experience consumption growth while worsened inequality contributed to increased poverty in Northern and Upper East Regions. The Central region he indicated was formerly part of the poorest regions but has been excluded from the 2017 report. The report also revealed that rural savannah still ranked high in poverty rates among the ecological zones, and it was the only zone that experienced increases in poverty rates in 2016/17. Poverty declined 0.8 percentage points in 2016/17, a relatively marginal decline. Greater Accra had the least poverty rate, while Upper West remained the region with highest poverty rate. The three northern regions contributed more than 40% to national poverty. Explaining further the report, he added, “26% of all poor persons in Ghana are in the Northern Region. The Northern Region has over the period contributed to poverty more than any other region. The three northern regions contributed more than 40% to national poverty. Poorer regions recorded higher and widening inequalities. Richer regions experienced decline in inequality.”
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