UN includes Ukraine in list of countries with food problems


January 29, 2018

UN includes Ukraine in list of countries with food problems

In connection with the military actions on Donbas, Ukraine is among 16 countries, which suffered due to the conflicts and where the problems with food supplies are observed. It is indicated in the report prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme for the UN Security Council, UNN reports. 

The report notes that the situation with food security in the countries, which suffered from the conflicts, continues to worsen, therefore, the humanitarian efforts aimed at food assistance and the support with livelihoods remain extremely important. 

The food security report covers 16 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon (concerning Syrian refugees), Liberia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Yemen, and the region of the Lake Chad. 

In the half of these countries and territories, the report notes, the quarter of the population or even more faces the crisis or a high level of famine threat, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES). 

In particular, it is noted that in Yemen, this problem affects 60% of the population (17 mln persons), in South Sudan – 45% (4.8 mln), in Syria – 33% (6.5 mln), in Lebanon – 30% (1.9 mln), in Central African Republic – 30% (1.1 mln), in Ukraine (East) – 26% (1.2 mln), in Afghanistan – 25% (7.6 mln), and in Somalia – 25% (3.1 mln). 

As for the figures in Ukraine, it is specified that the matter is in the eastern regions of the country, where  nearly 26% of people from the uncontrolled regions and 15% of the population under the governmental control, who suffered from the conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, were not provided with food moderately or seriously as of June 2017. 

It is also indicated that these countries are not the only ones, where the reasons for concern about food security were found.