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Food Subsidies and Direct Social Assistance: Towards Better Targeting of Monetary Poverty and Deprivations in Tunisia


The 2011 Revolution and ensuing social unrest highlighted the inequalities in Tunisia and increasing social demands. The expectations brought to the fore the issue of poverty and called into question the performance of social transfer systems. Against this backdrop, and based on the 2010-2011 household expenditure survey, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) in collaboration with the Center for Research and Social Studies (CRES) and international partners including the African Development Bank (ADB) revealed that 15.5% of the population was living below the poverty line (BPL) in 2011.

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