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World bank, 2020
Poverty headcount ratio at $6.85 a day (2017 PPP) (% of population)
Population below international poverty line

World Bank, 2018
Poverty headcount ratio at $5.50/day 2011 PPP

Population below national poverty line

Equivalent to 1,025 Peruvian sol per worker per month.
WageIndicator Foundation, 2023

per month
National minimum wage

Equivalent to 1,960 Peruvian sol per worker per month.
Global Living Wage Coalition, 2023

per month
Rural living wage

Equivalent to 2,475 Peruvian sol for a typical family in rural Peru per month.
Global Living Wage Coalition, 2023

per month
Rural living income
World bank, 2019
Employment in agriculture (% of total employment) (modeled ILO estimate)
Agricultural workforce
World bank, 2020
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added (% of GDP)
Agriculture share of GDP

ITUC Global Rights Index, 2023
Systematic violation of rights.

Risk to workers' rights


Peru has a population of 32.5 million people.[1] The majority of Peruvians, 78%, live in urban regions,[2] while only 22% lives in rural areas.[3] The agricultural sector assumes 27% of total employment in Peru.[4] A sector that represents 7% of the national GDP.[5]

Despite the prosperity Peru and its agriculture have witnessed during the last two decades, this wealth has yet to reach the country’s smallholder farmers, the majority of which lives in poverty. Smallholders make up 80% of agricultural holdings, with plots of less than 5 hectares. Although the returns on such farms are significantly low, the lack of other opportunities pushes rural inhabitants to keep on working on these family farms. Thus, only a small percentage of farmers, mostly with large holdings, enjoy the country’s newly-gained wealth from agricultural exports.[6]

The top produced crops in Peru are sugar cane, potatoes, rice, plantains and fresh cow milk. [7] Peru’s top export commodities in terms of quantity are grapes, avocados, dry onions, green coffee and bananas. [8]

  1. ^ World Bank (2019).
  2. ^ World Bank (2019).
  3. ^ World Bank (2019).
  4. ^ World Bank (2020).
  5. ^ World Bank (2018).
  6. ^ World Bank. 2017.Gaining Momentum in Peruvian Agriculture : Opportunities to Increase Productivity and Enhance Competitiveness. World Bank, Lima. © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
  7. ^ FAOSTAT (2020).
  8. ^ FAOSTAT (2020).


Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Peru is set by law for the private sector at 1,025 Peruvian Sol (252 EUR) per month. It is based on 8 hours per day, with at least one day of rest per week.[1] It is estimated that the national minimum wage in Peru is below the poverty income level. Furthermore, approximately 70% of the workforce is in the informal economy where wages do not reach the level of a minimum wage.[2]

The Global Living Wage Coalition has developed 2 reference value studies for rural Peru based on the Anker methodology, one for living wage and one for living income.

  1. ^ Wage Indicator Foundation (2023). Minimum Wage-Peru.
  2. ^ U.S. Department of State. 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Peru.

Living Wage

The Anker Living Wage Reference Value in rural Peru is estimated at 1,960 Peruvian Sol (477 EUR) per month. This is the wage required for workers in a typical rural area of Peru to afford a basic but decent standard of living.[1]

  1. ^ Global Living Wage Coalition (2023). Anker Living Wage Reference Value: Rural Peru.

Living Income

The Anker Living Income Reference Value is estimated at 2,475 Peruvian Sol (602 EUR) per month for a typical rural family of 2 adults and 3 children. This is the living income estimate for a typical family in rural Peru to cover the monthly cost of a basic but decent standard of living in 2023.[1]

  1. ^ Global Living Wage Coalition (2023). Anker Living Income Reference Value: Rural Peru.

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Living Wage Reference Value, Rural Peru

Living wage estimate updated for workers in a typical rural area of Peru to afford a basic but decent living standard. Global Living Wage Coalition.  


Living Income Reference Value, Rural Peru

Living income estimate updated for a typical family in rural Peru to afford the monthly cost of a decent standard of living. Global Living Wage Coalition, 2020.


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