Brazil launches plan to end extreme poverty in three years; plan would raise incomes of 16 million people

by BBC News

Rosineide Lima da Silva and her family could be in line to benefit from Brazil’s new, expanded anti-poverty progam. Brazil’s strong economic growth, and past anti-poverty programs are credited with lifting 20 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty in the last 10 years. Nonetheless, some 16 million people still live in extreme poverty, defined as having 70 reais ($44) or less a month.

Brazil has launched a welfare scheme to lift millions out of extreme poverty by 2014, which President Dilma Rousseff calls her government’s key priority.