World Food Programme warns about the food crisis in Sri Lanka
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme have issued a report warning that Sri Lanka’s food insecurity may worsen due to weak agricultural production, rising prices and the ongoing economic crisis.
The FAO and the World Food Programme released their report yesterday (12th), stating that 6.3 million people in Sri Lanka face moderate to severe levels of food insecurity, and it can be more serious unless adequate life-saving and livelihood assistance is provided.
The ” FAO/WFP crop and food security assessment mission to Sri Lanka” report, which includes these facts, has been handed over to Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera in Colombo by Vimlendra Sharan, Sri Lanka and Maldives Country Representative at UN FAO.
Speaking on occasion, Mr Vimlendra Saran said that since nearly 30% of the population is already food insecure, if the emergency aid is delayed, the food insecurity in Sri Lanka may worsen.
According to the Joint Food Crops and Security Assessment Mission report, Sri Lanka’s food production has fallen by almost 50% due to almost two seasons of crop failure, and the foreign exchange crisis has resulted in low import of food and Grain.
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