The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the food crisis in Venezuela will worsen in the remainder of 2020. The institution assured that access to food in urban and peri-urban areas will be affected by logistical limitations.
“Production prospects are unfavorable due to the considerable reduction in plantations and the low yields expected. The shortage of agricultural supplies and fuel significantly affected yields,” reads the report published on Friday.
FAO also explained that, according to farmers’ associations, the supply of imported agricultural supplies for the winter season covered only 5% of the national requirement.
“Amidst low availability of supplies and fuel, producers are applying crop rotation practices with non-cereal crops that require less inputs than cereals,” FAO said.
The institution also recalled that in late April, an agricultural credit scheme was launched to boost agricultural production, especially of cereals. In addition, FAO Venezuela has distributed agricultural inputs (bio-fertilizers) and short-cycle seeds to 5000 small farmers in the states of Mérida, Trujillo, Portuguesa, Lara and Falcón to support agricultural production for self-consumption.