It shows that Rates of poverty in Dominica reflect the continuing decline in banana production as well as stagnation in the country's other sectors. In Dominica, 29% of households and 40% of the general population lived in poverty as per 2003. 11% of households and 15% of the general population lived in indigent poverty. Averages of 50% of Dominica’s children live in poverty. Fewer than half the households with children have two resident parents. In rural areas, 1 in every 2 households is poor.
More than 37% of households in Dominica do not have access to piped water and 25% of households have no access to toilet facilities. The rate of unemployment for poor households is 40% while non-poor households' rate of unemployment is 16%.The data demonstrates the correlation between income/employment and poverty in Dominica. Major policy issues for Government at this juncture are, Restructuring public debt, Poverty reduction, and Economic diversification.
Dominica has been affected severely by Maria putting it back 30years some experts say. This then leaves one to question the situation of Dominica as it continues to tackle Bio-diversity and species preservation, Deforestation prevention and land use management, Coastal zone management, Water quality management, Solid waste management, Sustainable development, and Sustainable energy systems