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Social Panorama of Latin America 2002-2003

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The 2002-2003 edition of the Social panorama of Latin America explores issues related to many of the Millennium Development Goals. Three of the five chapters (on poverty, hunger and gender inequality) assess how likely it is that the countries of the region will succeed in meeting the targets in these areas agreed upon by the States Members of the United Nations for 2015.A chapter on social expenditure furnishes information on 18 Latin American countries and analyses trends in social spending over the last decade. The final chapter examines labour policy and singles out some interesting initiatives aimed at combating unemployment, poor job quality and underemployment.

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Food vulnerability and policies to combat hunger

Any social policy oriented towards eradicating hunger and malnutrition must take into consideration the problems of insecurity and vulnerability facing the population. Groups having problems accessing adequate food are living under economic, social and cultural conditions that render them highly vulnerable. Others have adequate access but are not free of the risk of suffering a food deficit as a result of natural disasters or other adverse factors. Making progress on solving problems with food and nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean will be very difficult without social safety nets (institutional or otherwise) and national food policies that take in all relevant actors and sectors. Such a policy must point towards achieving food security and minimizing the risks besetting the most vulnerable population groups.

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