Plans to combat poverty in Peru revealed

Outgoing President Ollanta Humala, left, and Peru’s President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at the government palace in Lima, Peru. June 22, 2016. (Credit: AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Just weeks after his election, President-elect Pablo Kuczynski demonstrated his commitment to tackling inequality and poverty in the Andean nation.

“In 2001 we started with 54 percent of Peruvians in poverty, now we are at 23 percent. It’s an ambitious goal, but I want the poverty [rate]no more than 10 percent,” Kuczynski said in an interview with Peruvian broadcaster RPP on Sunday.

To reach his goal, Kuczynski will need to cut Peru’s current poverty rate by more than half, although the poverty rate only inched down 1 percentage point last year. Kuczynski also aims to make significant reductions in extreme poverty – defined by the World Bank as living under$1.90 a day – from the current rate of 4.1 percent to no more than 1 percent or 2 percent.



Beetles and forests

A forest full of beetles: an interview with bug researcher Caroline Chaboo

1st March 2016 / Shreya Dasgupta

Mongabay interviewed Caroline Chaboo, an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas, who has been documenting beetles in the forests of Peru since 2008. Chaboo hopes that the beetle diversity she is uncovering in Peru will help showcase the value of the Peruvian forests.

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  • Caroline Chaboo has been documenting beetle diversity in the Peruvian forests since 2008.
  • She focuses on leaf beetles, one of the most commonly encountered groups of beetles.
  • Mongabay spoke with Chaboo about her love for beetles, and her work in Peru.

Beetles are everywhere.

Of the roughly 1.5 million species described so far, beetles account for around 400,000 species, making them the most species-rich group known in the world. In contrast, birds account for only around 10,000 of all described species, while only 5,600 of all known species are mammals.

Beetles are incredibly adaptable and diverse. They have learned to use a wide variety of habitats, and have become very specialized in the process, playing crucial roles in the ecosystem. They are important pollinators, recyclers, scavengers and decomposers. Much of beetle diversity, however, is yet to be uncovered.

In Peru, Caroline Chaboo, an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas, is doing just that. Since 2008, she has been meticulously collecting beetles in the Peruvian forests, hoping to build an accurate picture of the rich beetle diversity there.


(…)Mongabay spoke with Chaboo about her love for beetles, and her work in Peru.

Pseudocalaspidea: Very little is known about this spectacular leaf beetle from ACA Villa Carmen Biological station. Photo by Caroline Chaboo.
Pseudocalaspidea: Very little is known about this spectacular leaf beetle from ACA Villa Carmen Biological station. Photo by Caroline Chaboo.

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Bilingual education in Peru?

Latin Correspondent talks bilingual education plans in Peru

Fifth grade class in Chuchoquesera, Peru   Source 

As Peru looks to develop a new nationwide bilingual education law, Latin Correspondent speaks to Elena Burga, director of bilingual education for Peru’s Ministry of Education to find out what’s next for the country:

Latin Correspondent: It seems like a critical moment for bilingual education in Peru. What’s it like in the office?

Elena Burga: In the last four years, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on the policy of bilingual education, and we’ve achieved implementation in more bilingual schools for indigenous populations. When it comes to normalizing the languages, we’ve developed official alphabets for 31 of 47 languages, and have materials for students in 23 of them. We’re in the process of consulting with indigenous organizations about the plan for 2021, which contains all of the steps we have to take until that year to provide for all of the bilingual schools. Continue reading

Peruvian Andean music promoted by Dina Paucar

Dina Paucar to bring Peruvian Andean Music into El Cervantino International Festivalportada

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Lima, Oct. 14. Peruvian Andean singer Dina Paucar is one of the artists who will perform at the prestigious 43rd Cervantino International Festival held in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The singer made remarks and details about her presentation at a press conference attended by the most influential Aztec media and other news agencies.
“It is indescribable and a great excitement that vernacular art, through myself, is represented at a festival of such magnitude,” she told Andina news agency.
The Peruvian artistic delegation is also composed of Lucho Quequezana, Jean Pierre Magnet, Manuelcha Prado and Eva Ayllon.
Paucar, a former maid, became one of Peru’s most popular folk singers over the last decade.

Published: 14/10/2015