“What Are the Biggest Problems Facing Latin America Today?”
Latin America is a very large area with much diversity. To be able to give the basic information of problems facing the area, I have condensed my research to a specific area. The area I have chosen is the largest country in size in South America, it is Brazil. Given that Brazil is large, it holds many problems that are similar to the surrounding Latin America areas. Some similar problems include rural poverty, education, crime, and economy debt.
About 35 percent of all of Brazil’s population lives in poverty. It is true that Brazil has the strongest economy in Latin America, but the root of rural poverty comes from income inequality and social exclusion. The population of the poverty in Brazil lives on less than two dollars a day. Poor rural communities are most common in the North-east region of Brazil. These communities have inadequate or lack necessary conditions and resources for life function. These resources consist of education and health facilities which are not readily available, water and sewage supply systems, and technology and infrastructure. Although Brazil is an important agriculture and industrial power, at least 30 per cent of rural people are engaged in non-agricultural employment as a main occupation. This is due to the lack of efficient income from working on the farms. There are certain groups of people that rural poorness is most common in. Those groups are women, young people and indigenous peoples. Women bear most of the responsibilities such as running the family farm as well as running the household. Child labor is also a common practice still used among the poor. In the past years, an Agrarian Reform implemented has accelerated under the current federal government. It improves conditions of the rural poor, but more work still remains to be done. Another cause of poverty would be education. (Rural Poverty Portal)
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