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World Food Programmme’s report on Sri Lanka

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World Food Programmme’s report on Sri Lanka. In its most recent report, the World Food Programme (WFP) stated that 6.26 million people in Sri Lanka experience food insecurity. The World Food Programme (WFP) announced a $60 million emergency appeal for food and nutrition to help three million of Sri Lanka’s most vulnerable citizens last month to address the deteriorating situation.

According to the report, 200,000 households are employing emergency livelihood coping mechanisms.

Of the first 2,375 vouchers, the WFP has given away 2,100, or 88 percent, to expectant mothers.

According to the WFP’s most recent food security assessment, three out of ten households experience food insecurity. Most households are consuming fewer, less-preferred foods that are also less nutrient-dense and they are eating less overall.

The impact of the economic and food crisis is still being felt most by the populace. According to the WFP’s most recent assessment of food security, 6.26 million families, or 3 out of 10 people, are food insecure, with 65,600 of those households experiencing extreme food insecurity.

57.4 percent in June 2022 is an abnormally high level of food inflation. The population’s ability to provide enough wholesome food for their families has been severely hampered by rapidly rising food prices.

The majority of surveyed households (61%) consistently utilize food-based coping mechanisms including eating less favored and less nutritious meals or consuming less food overall. Two out of every five households do not eat enough food.

In the estate sector, where more than half of households experience food insecurity, the situation is severe. These households consistently perform worse than urban and rural populations across the board when it comes to measures of food insecurity and coping mechanisms. Estate communities are already using credit to buy food and other needs, while urban people are currently emptying savings to get by.

According to estimates, 200,000 households are utilizing emergency livelihood coping mechanisms, which will most likely have a negative medium- to long-term impact on their ability to engage in income-generating activities. As the crisis worsens, WFP expects that even more individuals will use these coping mechanisms.

The lack of energy supply has forced the closure of Government and educational institutions until further notice.

The organization targeted three million people to receive emergency food, nutrition and school meals through December and to date has distributed 88% of the initial batch of 2,375 vouchers it has.

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