WFP says 6.26 million people in Sri Lanka are food insecure

The World Food Programme (WFP) says about 6.26 million people are food insecure in Sri Lanka.

According to the latest WFP situation report the Sri Lanka population continues to feel the brunt of the economic and food crises.

About 3 in 10 households (6.26 million people) are food insecure, 65,600 of which are severely food insecure, according to WFP’s latest food security assessment.

Food inflation is alarmingly high at 57.4 percent in June 2022. Steeply increasing food prices have crippled the population’s ability to put sufficient and nutritious food on the table.

The majority of assessed households (61 percent) are regularly employing food-based coping strategies such as eating less preferred and less nutritious food, and reducing the amount of food they eat. Two in five households are not consuming adequate diets.

The food security situation is worst among people living in the estate sector, where more than half of households are food insecure. In all measures of food insecurity and coping strategies, these households have consistently poorer outcomes than urban and rural populations. While urban households are depleting savings to cope for now, estate populations are already turning to credit to purchase food and other necessities.

An estimated 200,000 households are using emergency livelihood coping strategies that are likely to severely impact their medium- to long-term capacity for income-generating activities. WFP anticipates that even more people will turn to these coping strategies as the crisis deepens.

Schools and Government offices are closed until further notice due to the scarcity in oil supply.

Headline inflation in June is at 54.6 percent, the highest since 1954. The food security, agriculture, livelihoods, and health sectors are the hardest hit. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. Sri Lanka’s population has increased four times since independence, but not the knowledge or skills.

    The country has assassinated far more talented leaders and intellectuals than creating or acknowledging. It has set a dangerous precedence. This has been an unofficial constitution for the political leaders and media personnel to fulfill their petty desires. The western powers can easily undermine people like me through poor and foolish Sri Lankans. They have been encouraging developing countries to increase their population in the name of religion and democracy without increasing their knowledge and skills. The western powers make sure that the people fight among themselves with limited resources. This makes easier to impose western interests by buying poor and uninformed people.

    You are fooling yourselves, if you think that Ranil can save the country. Here is my experience during the good governance government.

    I was in Sri Lanka between 2015 and 2017. This is what they did to an intellectual who spent most of his time in libraries. In 2015, they laughed at me during my speech for the position of Vice Chancellor at the University of Colombo. I gave a speech on how I intend to raise the standard of Colombo University by collaborating with the National University of Singapore (NUS). They shouted at me ‘this is Sri Lanka not Singapore.’ In 2017, a foreign puppet who didn’t even pass GCE O/L sprayed pepper spray into my eyes and robbed my laptop, Australian passport, and smart phone. I have a witness. I identified the culprit and lodged six complaints with the Sri Lankan police, but the police did nothing. Not a single Sri Lankan media outlet reported the incident.

    Ranil, Gota, Sumanthiran have blocked me from their Facebooks. This year Gota has blocked me from his Facebook, after I mentioned that banning chemical fertilizer is not a wise move without having enough organic fertilizer and adequate training to farmers. I also wrote them to run the both farming parallel, first year 10% organic and 90% chemical, second year 20% organic and 80% chemicals and so forth. I told them to have a ten years plan to establish organic farming, but they didn’t like it. The Sri Lankan politicians and media personnel dislike intellectuals due to lack of knowledge. The western powers are keeping them in dark with the help of India in the name of democracy. This is why it has waged Asia’s longest brutal civil war for decades and became the Asia’s first bankrupt country.

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