The United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Miguel Pizarro, denounced the serious situation that Venezuelans are experiencing in terms of food security, which was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pizarro said that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) highlighted in its latest report on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela that there are at least 6.8 million undernourished people in the country.
The report reveals that the Venezuelan population may be at risk of vulnerability, due to food shortages, inflation and the very poor minimum wage.
The Commissioner said that the report stated that the family food basket increased by 52% with respect to the previous month, reaching a cost of Bs. 45,946,257.93. A Venezuelan needs approximately 183.8 minimum wages to be able to acquire it.
“Peasants without the capacity to buy supplies, families with single women in charge or located in areas of low food production and indigenous peoples affected by the ravages of illegal mining. All are today doubly vulnerable in food production,” he said.
Pizarro has explained that Venezuelans live among limitations that worsen their quality of life: the precarious quality and access to basic services, organized violence in some areas of the country and mobility problems are some of the problems they face, violating their human rights and without response from the competent organisms.
Campesinos sin capacidad de comprar insumos, familias con mujeres al frente o situados en zonas de baja producción de alimentos y pueblos indígenas afectados por los estragos de la minería ilegal, hoy son doblemente vulnerables en la producción de alimentos.
— Miguel Pizarro (@Miguel_Pizarro) June 23, 2020