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Poverty in Fiji. Changes 2002-03 to 2008-09 and policy implications. Fiji Bureau of Statistics. 2012.

09/09/2012

Poverty in Fiji: Changed 2002-03 to 2008-09 and Policy Implications: Final Report. Fiji Bureau of Statistics, 2012.

Contents                                                                                           page

Preface by Government Statistician (FBS)                                                                                                                   iv

Acknowledgements                                                                                                                                                                                v

Acronyms and glossary                                                                                                                                                                         vi

1.         Introduction                                                                                                                                                                                            1

2.         How identify the “poor”?  The Basic Needs Poverty Line Value                                             7

3.         Key results for Incidence of Poverty or Head Count Ratios                                                     16

4.         Poverty Gaps: Guidelines for Distribution of Poverty Alleviation Resources                       19

5.         Income Sources: changes between 2002-03 and 2008-09 (incl. remittances).                  23

6.         Income Distribution Issues                                                                                                                                                        31

7          Impact of household size: need for family planning                                                                            39

8          Food security                                                                                                                                                                             44

9          Narcotics: alcohol, tobacco and kava                                                                                                                           57

10        Health and health insurance                                                                                                                                          64

11        Education                                                                                                                                                                                               69

12        Employment and gender                                                                                                                                                           78

13        Household assets and services                                                                                                                                                   83

Annex A          Food Poverty Line Baskets: need for common basket for Fiji?                                    101

Annex B          Comparisons with World Bank (2011) methodology and results.                  103

Annex C          Summary of recommendations                                                                                                                      109

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