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Around 40 percent of the population of the Anglo-Saxon Caribbean suffers the consequences of food insecurity, according to a survey carried out on Wednesday by the Caribbean Community (Caricom), and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). English acronym).

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The percentage figure corresponds to about 2.8 million people, and indicates an increase in the indicator by 72 percent compared to 2020.

“The results, which highlight the lasting impact of the pandemic two years on, show a deterioration in food consumption and diets with 25 per cent of respondents eating less of their favorite foods, 30 per cent skipping meals or eating less than usual, and 5 percent who spend a whole day without eating, “explained the WFP in an official statement.

The survey, which had 20,000 respondents as a sample, allows us to know the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives and food in order to reformulate many of the main objectives of the region in accordance with the new context.

The Managing Director of the Agricultural and Agroindustrial Development Program of the CARICOM Secretariat, Shaun Baugh, pointed out the need for governments to find solutions “in the short and medium term” for their populations.

“Innovation in agri-food systems and regional supply chains, along with continued support for the most vulnerable households, will be essential to improve the resilience of regional food systems so that prices can remain as stable as possible,” said the Minister. high Commissioner.

Inflation, scarcity of resources, rising prices make it difficult to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet. Meanwhile, the organization said that the Russia-Ukraine conflict could further affect access to supplies by Caribbean nations.

An illustrative figure is that 93 percent of those surveyed declared paying food at prices higher than the standard amount.

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