The 2015 living conditions monitoring survey has revealed that 40.8% of the country’s population is living in extreme poverty.
The survey has also revealed that 54.4% of the country’s population is poor, while 13.6 percent of the population is moderately poor.
The survey indicates that 76.6 percent of the population in rural areas is poor, with 23.4% of the urban population being poor.
Western province has the highest population of the poor at 82.2% with Lusaka province having the lowest 20.2%.
And speaking during the dissemination of the survey results in Lusaka today, Vice President Inonge says government believes in inclusive benefit of economic growth.
Ms Wina says the increase in income disparities are created when opportunities are not equitably spread as the economy grows.
She however, says government has continued to demonstrate the need to empower vulnerable members of the society by increasing their participation in the economic affairs of the country.
The vice president said this in a speech read on her behalf by deputy minister in the office of the vice president Chungu Bwalya.