Fes-Meknes and Beni Mellal-Khneifra are the poorest regions, according to the High Commission for Planning

The High Commission for Planning announced a significant decline in multidimensional poverty in Morocco, from 40% in 2001 to 9.1% in 2014 and 5.7% in 2022.

This positive development is mainly due to the significant decrease in multidimensional poverty in rural areas, from 73.4% in 2001 to 19.4% in 2014 and 11.2% in 2022.

Reduction of poverty in all regions

All regions of the Kingdom have witnessed a decrease in multidimensional poverty over the past two decades, with the exception of Fez-Meknes and Beni Mellal-Khneifra, which remain the poorest regions in 2022, with poverty rates above 10%, at 11.6 and 10.4% respectively.

The main factor of multidimensional poverty

The study showed that monetary poverty is the main factor of multidimensional poverty, explaining more than half of its prevalence (52%) in 2022, compared to 37.8% in 2014, followed by lack of access to basic social services (water, electricity and sanitation) and social deficits in education at 25 and 23%, respectively, in 2022.

Rising cost of living is a concern for families

Nearly three-quarters of household heads (75.1%) considered that their standard of living has deteriorated compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly due to the rising cost of living (45.3%) and the emergence of new needs (17.7%).

Slight increase in household food expenditures

Contrary to a decades-long downward trend, Moroccan households’ food expenditures rose slightly in 2022, from 37% in 2014 to 38.2%, mainly due to the rising cost of the food basket, health care expenditures, and clothing expenditures.

Disparities in expenditures by standard of living

The structure of non-food consumer expenditures shows marked differences according to the standard of living of the population, with the more affluent group allocating more to transportation, healthcare, education, recreation and culture, while the less affluent group allocates more to cover their housing and energy needs.

Source : Fez News Media

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