Around three-quarters of people in Vanuatu live in rural areas, and are dependent on subsistence farming. Vanuatu has a young population, but the limited opportunities for young people means they are increasingly vulnerable to poverty and health problems.

Oxfam's work in Vanuatu is supporting a wide variety of services to improve the lives of people living in rural communities, including the expansion of vocational skills training for young people, and improving access to a sustainable clean water supply and safe sanitation.

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Poverty in the Pacific

Photo: Tom Greenwood

A lack of basic services such as healthcare, safe water, schools, electricity and telephones remains a serious problem for many communities in the Pacific.

Poverty in the region is a significant and growing problem due to more than two decades of weak economic performance, population growth, urban migration and increasing inequalities.