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The United Nations indicates an increase in poverty in Iraq: 10% do not have enough food
Economy News - Baghdad
The representative of the World Food Program in Iraq announced that the price of the food basket increased by 14% after the devaluation of the local currency against the dollar, noting that 10% of the population use "coping strategies" to deal with the situation, because they do not have enough food to eat.
The program announced that poverty rates reached 31.7%, while calling for additional support from donor countries to Iraq.
The representative of the World Food Program in Iraq, Abdul Rahman Megaj, said that "the World Food Program monitors the prices of foodstuffs, including the average food basket of 2,100 calories per day," according to Al-Sabah newspaper.
He pointed out that "10% of people use coping strategies in dealing with the situation, because they do not have enough food to eat," explaining that "of these 10%, about 35% buy cheaper food, and of the same 10%, about 27 borrow. % Of food. "
The World Food Program’s regular monitoring last December showed that about three million people in Iraq, including 731,000 internally displaced people, did not have enough food.
Megaj added, "The World Food Program is working during the current year (2021) to reach 849,000 people across Iraq, through monthly support for the most vulnerable people, building resilience and school feeding programs, in addition to government support, including digitization and reform. The ration system, expanding the scope of the World Food Program in the south of the country.
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