The presidential commissioner for the United Nations, Miguel Pizarro, called on the international community to take action on the serious food crisis in Venezuela, as evidenced by the report issued Sunday by the World Food Program.
“As Commissioner for the United Nations Organization we express through a statement our concern about the recent report published by the World Food Program and we call on the international community,” Pizarro said through his Twitter account.
This Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, the World Food Program, a leading humanitarian organization in the fight against world hunger, published an assessment research on needs and food security in Venezuela. This report makes possible to determine who is in a situation of food insecurity, where they live and why they are in this situation. It also provides recommendations on what needs to be done to assist them.
This study shows that 17% of Venezuelan households have inadequate food consumption, bringing the figure to 7 million people who are moderately food insecure, and 2.3 million who are severely food insecure. In other words, almost 30% of the population is in the moderate or severe food insecurity range. Also, the World Food Program states that at least 58 per cent of our fellow citizens do not have sufficient income to cover their food needs.
The reality presented in this report shows the seriousness of the social, economic and political crisis in our country. And it also reflects how the Complex Humanitarian Emergency is claiming more victims every day: a few months ago, the total number was estimated to be approximately 7 million Venezuelans. This report confirms that this number has risen to 9.3 million. That is why, as Commissioner for the United Nations, we call on the international community to join the initiatives of humanitarian actors seeking to coordinate actions to alleviate this situation, which urgently requires mechanisms to alleviate it.