About 26% of Donbas citizens experienced food problems in 2017, - UN

Source : 112 Ukraine

The index of the people suffered from food problems was twice less in 2016
23:31, 29 January 2018


About 26% of the citizens in the zone of the armed Donbas Conflict (1.2 million) experienced the problems with food in 2017. It is stated in the January report of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 'Monitoring food security in countries with conflict situations'.

'Firstly from the beginning of the conflict, the highest level of the food insecurity was spotted in Donetsk region where 28% of people in June 2017 (in comparison with the summer period of 2016 with 12%) were not provided with the food products 'moderately or strongly', the report said.

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This index reached 23% in Luhansk region in comparison with 14% in summer 2016.

At the same time, it is noted that the deficit of food in the countries suffered from the conflict continues to grow.

Yemen – 60% or 17 million people, South Sudan – 45%, 4.8 million, Syria – 33%, 6.5 million, Lebanon – 33%, 1.9 million, Central African Republic – 30%, 1.1 million,  Afghanistan – 2.5 millions and Somali – 25%, 3.1 million are also entered the list of the countries that face the acute deficit of food.

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Totally, the price for food products increased in the world by 8, 2% in 2017 as FAO reported.

Earlier we reported that the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations stops its work in Donbas due to the lack of the funding. It is known that from November 2014 to June 2017 the program provided food aid to 970,000 people in the zone of the escalation of the conflict.

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