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Rural poverty in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s data for health and education were once among the best in the continent. But the political and financial crisis has brought poverty and societal decline in its wake. The 2003 Poverty Assessment Study Survey II showed a considerable rise in poverty. Between 1990 and 2003 the poverty rate went up from 25 per cent to 63 per cent.
As in many countries, rural households have a higher poverty rate than city-based households. Most farm incomes and production are insufficient and food shortages are going up. Households are increasingly dependent on remittances and emergency aid.
National infrastructure has gone downhill. Around 40 per cent of the road network is in poor condition. Sanitation coverage is very poor, and railway freight traffic has gone down by more than half since 1990, effectively cutting off rural communities from markets.
The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe has fortunately gone down, but the rate of 18.1 per cent stays one of the most in the world. The sharp descent in the country’s population growth since the 1980s largely reflects the impact of the epidemic.