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  • Severity of poverty

The poverty severity measure assesses how poor the poor really are. It is sensitive to the distribution of living standards among the poor. Even if it has no intuitive interpretation, it takes into account the variations in distribution of welfare amongst the poor to give the intensity of poverty.

 Figure 2.13: Severity of poverty as percent of the poverty line

 As illustrated in figure 2.13, poverty is most severe in Tana river, Kwale and Kilifi. As demonstrated in section 2.2, poverty is highest in the northern region but most severe in the coastal region


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