Indigenous Peoples and Economic Opportunities in Latin America

2020 Seminar Series: Action for the World’s Poorest and Hungry

May 23, 2007
3:30-5:00 pm
Emmanuel Skoufias, The World Bank

International Food Policy Research Institute
2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
Fourth Floor Conference Facility


Despite the significant progress Latin America has made in reducing poverty for millions of its poorest citizens, abject poverty persists for more than 80 percent of its indigenous peoples. In this seminar, Emmanuel Skoufias will present findings from a new report (written with Harry Patrinos): “Economic Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples in Latin America.” The report examines why even with better education, job training, and other skills, the majority of Latin America’s 28 million indigenous peoples are unable to increase earnings and boost their living standards. Historic exclusion has limited their asset endowments and social networks. Implications of these findings for formulating policies that improve the economic opportunities of indigenous peoples will be discussed.

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