The Venezuelan Observatory for Food Security and Nutrition (OVSAN) warned that according to its latest survey more than 90% of Venezuelan households are food insecure.
The survey carried out between December 2020 and February 2021, which consulted 2,041 Venezuelan households, showed that only 9% can cover their food, health and education expenses.
On the other hand, it warns that due to the economic crisis, 69.9% of citizens do not consume meat, 92.8% do not eat viscera and 86.3% do not eat fish, so they have to base their diet mainly on corn flour and carbohydrates.
“58% of those surveyed reduced the size of their food portions, 44% work for food, 43% reduce health and education expenses to buy food and 17% accept high-risk jobs to eat, in addition 51 % have requested donations in money or food.”
OVSAN concluded that the study shows that the diet of Venezuelans is little varied and of low nutritional quality, which affects people’s physical and mental health.
Finally, they indicated that the food crisis extends to the rest of the daily aspects of Venezuelans, since 75% of the people said that public services fail in their homes; 10% of homes do not have water; 51.9% do not have gas; 94% do not have electricity one day a month and 21.6% have recurrent power failures,” they stated.