U.N.: 1 in 3 Venezuelans facing hunger

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 24th, 2020 8:30 am

Last Updated Feb 24th, 2020 at 9:17 am

One of every three people in Venezuela is struggling to put enough food on the table to meet minimum nutrition requirements due to hyperinflation in the country, according to a study published Sunday by the U.N. World Food Program.

The survey, based on data from 8,375 questionnaires, shows that 9.3 million people are moderately or severely food insecure, meaning they are unable to meet basic dietary needs. Many Venezuelans are surviving off a diet consisting mostly of beans and tubers, a root vegetable.

Although food insecurity is a nationwide concern, certain states have especially high levels, including Delta Amacuro, Amazonas, and Falcon.

The survey also showed that 74 percent of families have adopted "food-related coping strategies," such as cutting portions of meals, accepting food as payment for work, and selling family assets to cover basic needs.


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