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Poverty rises in cities, falls in villages: Sanem study

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The report also states that the urban poor are more food insecure than the rural poor. 29 percent of rural and 32 percent of urban poor households are moderately food insecure. Food insecurity is measured according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) guidelines.

SANEM Research Economist Mahtab Uddin Prothom-aloKay said that the poverty rate in urban areas has increased mainly due to high inflation. Regarding the changes in the diet of the poor families, he said, first of all they are giving up eating meat, eggs, fruits etc. They are deprived of essential nutrients.

According to the research report, the poverty rate at the national level in 2018 was 21.6 percent. Last year it decreased to 20.7 percent. However, poverty rates have increased in some categories. At the divisional level, poverty was highest in Rangpur and Barisal last year, at 42.9 percent and 32.5 percent respectively.

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