Millions in Sri Lanka are facing food insecurity – WFP
The United Nations says that three out of ten people in Sri Lanka are food insecure. The World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations has issued a statement saying that Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis, and pregnant and lactating mothers have been severely affected due to this.
Children under five years of age and people with disabilities are also severely affected, and children under five years of age suffer from higher rates of malnutrition than in other middle-income countries, the statement said. They say that food inflation in Sri Lanka has reached a high level of more than 90%, which has hampered livelihoods and food security programmes. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), millions of people in the country are suffering from food insecurity.
The United Nations World Food Program says that nearly 6.3 million people are food insecure and need aid, and nearly 1.5 million people need emergency food aid. The latest WFP assessment reveals that 86% of families buy cheap, less nutritious food and eat less, sometimes skipping meals altogether.
17% of children under five years of age are not tall enough for their age, and 15% are reported to be thinner when compared with their height. Between June and December 2022, the World Food Program (WFP) says it has expanded its operations to support 3.4 million people whose food security, nutrition and livelihoods are at risk.
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