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In the eyes of FAO, Venezuela is heading directly to a famine

Caracas Chronicles presents this analysis that is not only revealing but extremely relevant considering the source: "in June 2013, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) awarded the Venezuelan government with a recognition for reducing hunger in Venezuela to half, compared to 1990". Times have changed. "Now, the same institution places Venezuela in its list of countries with a high risk of facing a severe deterioration in food security, only behind Yemen itself, and Sudan."

"The number of malnourished people in Venezuela has tripled in just four years, from 3.6% in 2013 (when FAO awarded the government) to 11.7% in 2017, a gap of 3.7 million people. The current situation is unknown, but estimates by NGO Cáritas in November, 2018, suggest that up to 22.9% of all children under five years may be mildly or severely malnourished. The bleak conditions have already forced 3.4 million Venezuelans away from the country, and the United Nations expects two more million will do so by the end of 2019, creating a complex migratory crisis for neighbouring countries like Brazil and especially Colombia, where over one million Venezuelans are already living." Read more

Source: Caracas Chronicles

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