UN Report: 1.9 Million Iraqis Do Not Have Access to Enough Food
|June 11, 2013||Filled under Uncategorized|
Baghdad / term the United Nations said that 1.9 million Iraqis at least suffer from deprivation of food and do not get enough from food and that there are 4 million others are exposed to it.
According to the United Nations in a press statement that they shed light on the occasion of World Environment Day, which falls today the importance of sustainable environmental management to ensure food security for 6 million Iraqis are suffering from food deprivation and vulnerability.
Said Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, and the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, Jacqueline بادكوك “The slogan for World Environment Day this year focuses on reducing the waste of food.”
And showed that “food security in Iraq is fragile, he suffers 1.9 million Iraqis, at least, or the equivalent of 5.7 per cent of the population of the deprivation of food and not getting enough to eat every day.”
And added that “there are 4 million Iraqis others exposed to the lack of food security, in addition to the suffering of one out of every four children from stunted physical and intellectual due to chronic undernourishment.”
While the conflict a major impact on food production in Iraq in recent years, climate change and environmental damage endanger also traditional agriculture at risk. said بادكوك “The water levels in the rivers and dams are declining and threatens to soil salinization large tracts of land, especially in the south. also lead climate variability to flooding and crop damage, while causing poor land management in deforestation and desertification and an increase in sand and dust storms, which caused losses worth billions of dollars every year.” Iraq relies increasingly on imports to meet the needs of local food.
According to figures reported by the International Organization of the total value of agricultural imports in 1985 amounted to U.S. $ 1.7 billion, and in 2008 increased this value to nearly $ 5 billion has been spent on staple foods such as wheat, rice and cattle.
Though there are signs of growth in the agricultural sector in the light of the growing production of dates, fruits and vegetables, the 60-70 per cent of the vegetables consumed by the Iraqis still imported from neighboring countries. stressed بادكوك the need “to commit to Iraq under the auspices of its territory and passes water, “noting that” the number of Iraq’s population will exceed 42 million in 2020, so it is essential that the government continues to policy development and sound environmental practices that would restore Iraqi agriculture to normal, and ensure food supplies for the most vulnerable “
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