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The five districts of Maracaibo with the highest levels of food insecurity

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Julio 13, 2019

The districts within the municipality of Maracaibo that have the highest levels of food insecurity are Bolívar, Cacique Mara, Idelfonso Vásquez, Manuel Dagnino and Venancio Pulgar. In all five of these districts, 100% of households reported that, in the last three months, they had: (i) worried about running out of food; (ii) ran out of food; (iii) adults cut a meal from their diet in a day; (iv) adults did not have a healthy diet. In these five districts, over 90% of households indicated that, in the last three months, (v) both children and adults felt hunger but did not eat; (vi) children in their household had an unhealthy diet (with the exception of Bolívar, 88%); and (vii) children had an unvaried diet.

This data was the result of the Survey on Food Security in the city of Maracaibo, conducted by the Commission for Human Rights of the State of Zulia (Codhez) during early September 2018. The survey, based on the Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale (ELCSA) questionnaire, was conducted in all of the 18 districts of Maracaibo in 800 households, resulting in a range of 30 to 80 households interviewed per district. This report describes the characteristics of the food insecurity experienced by households in these districts. The report also describes each districts access to economic assistance, along with other relevant information, with the purpose of highlighting the needs of the most vulnerable communities of the city, where the Venezuelan State has disregarded its obligation to guarantee Venezuelans’ right to food. The report also includes sections on the districts Santa Lucía and San Isidro, also having alarming levels of food insecurity, due to its geographic and demographic particularities.

 

Read the full report

 

Survey on Food Security in the city of Maracaibo, conducted by the Commission for Human Rights of the State of Zulia (Codhez) 

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