20 percent in poverty

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Almost ten percent of the Barbados population cannot satisfy their basic needs for food, and close to twenty percent are without other basic living standards.

This consensus from a Country Assessment of Living Conditions study (CALC) done in 2012, in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank.

The study examined the physical, economic and social conditions of Barbadians from areas across the island to determine the level of poverty as well as how to deal with it.

The study also found a high level of inequality in the island, landing at zero point four seven, with one representing perfect equality.

The participatory poverty assessment element of the study allowed Barbadians to explain their situations of poverty.

And this PPA shows that the poor in the island are battling with housing, employment and environmental conditions, and their access to social services is also hampered.