Mayo 13, 2019
The results of the Commission for Human Rights of the State of Zulias (Codhez) Survey on Food Security in Maracaibo, conducted between August and September, revealed the increasing issues in regards to the sufficiency, adequacy, and variety of food consumed in the city of Maracaibo. In response to these results, Codhez identified the need to further investigate the access of Venezuelans to the high cost and scarcity of food. According to the results of our survey, households in Maracaibo reported that what affected them most when buying food was its high cost (54.6%) over its scarcity (24.5%). According to our survey, the food items that Maracaibo households have had to stop buying the most due to its cost or scarcity are animal proteins: 21.3% stopped buying chicken due to scarcity and 18.6% due to its high cost, 19.8% stopped buying beef due to scarcity and 20.3% due to high cost, and 10.4% stopped buying fish due to scarcity and 12.3% due to high cost.
This investigation specifically consists in monitoring the supply of food items which are most important to Maracaibos population in 44 establishments that sell food throughout the city -including popular markets, supermarkets, and small corner stores to verify the levels of scarcity and price of food items every fifteen days. The monitoring also measures other factors which impact access to food, such as the methods to enter the establishment, the presence of State officials, or the impact of failures in public service while buying food.