Mexico’s anti-poverty programs are losing the battle

by Emilio Godoy

A mother eats lunch with her children in a rural Mexican school, as part of one of the programs that fall under the umbrella of the Crusade Against Hunger. Photo: Government of Mexico

While most of Latin America has been reducing poverty, Mexico is moving in the other direction: new official figures reflect an increase in the number of poor in the last two years, despite the billions of dollars channeled into a broad range of programmes aimed at combating the problem.