The Gambia will miss the 2015 Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger as the country has not made significant gain in poverty reduction over the years, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs said on Thursday. During the regional launching of the country’s MDGs status report in Banjul, Mrs Juldeh Ceesay, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance said: Using the benchmark-those who live on $1.25 a day or less-poverty dropped from 58 percent in 2003 to 48.4 percent in 2010.
She pointed out that poverty continues to be a rural phenomenon in The Gambia with 73.9 percent of the rural population compared to 32.7 percent of the urban population who live on less than $1.25 per person per day.
In 2013, results of the Demographics and Health Survey showed a slight drop in the proportion of children who are underweight to 16.2 percent with huge disparity by region and by place of residence.
The proportion of children underweight was highest in the two poorest regions of the country, Kuntaur and Janjangbureh with 25.6 and 26.9 percents respectively.
Mrs Ceesay said that The Gambia stands a strong chance to meet MDGs 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 but 1 and 5 are yet to be met and we are likely to miss the 2015 target.
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