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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Poverty in Nepal Economy Economy Environment Over 30 percent of Nepals citizens live on less than 14 U.S dollars per person, per month. While the overall poverty rate for Nepal is 25% , this figure increases to 45% in the Mid-Western region and 46% in the Far-Western region. The rugged terrain makes it difficult to promote economic activity and deliver services. Increasing population has led to the limited use of natural resources, including overgrazing and deforestation. Erosion in the uplands causes flooding in the lowlands, which can destroy crop yields. Poor families are often obliged to send their children to work rather than to school, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. About one quarter of children in Nepal are engaged in some kind of family or wage labor. About four fifths of the working population live in rural areas and depend on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. In these areas the majority of households have little or no access to primary health care, education, clean drinking water and sanitation services. "Life is a constant struggle for survival." Nepals economic freedom score is 51.3, making its economy the 152nd freest in the 2015 Index. Because of poor growth in the agricultural sector, living standards in rural areas are deteriorating. Poor rural people in Nepal generally have large families, very small landholdings or none at all, and high rates of illiteracy. By: Iyan Butler
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