More Than Half of Iraq’s Population at Risk of Food Insecurity

IraqWFP-Iraqi Goverment food security made an analysis about food security in Iraq. They found out that more than half of Iraqi families are at risk of food insecurity and can no longer absorb any further shocks such as conflict or increases in basic food prices. They study tells about unprecedented levels of vulnerability and provides key recommendations to avoid a hunger crisis in the country. “The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis should guide the work of the government, policy makers, and humanitarians across the country to improve the food security and nutrition status of every Iraqi so that no one is left behind,” said Sally Haydock, WFP Representative and Country Director in Iraq. The study shows that 2.5 percent of Iraqis are already food insecure – a level of need that requires support. Almost 75 percent of children under the age of 15 are working to help their families to put food on the table rather than going to school. The analysis found that 53 percent of residents and 66 percent of internally displaced people are vulnerable to food insecurity. The prevalence of food insecurity was twice as high among internally displaced families compared to those remaining in their homes. Source: Reliefweb

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