Baghdad comments on an international report that listed Iraq among the most hungry countries in the world
A report attributed to the World Food Program at the United Nations ranked Iraq among the seven most hungry countries in the world, and that a third of the Iraqi people sleep hungry, along with very poor countries, such as Somalia, Madagascar, Congo and others.
And the ministry explained in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that "Iraq has not faced a food crisis that could cause a threat of hunger to vulnerable groups in society, even during the height of the spread of the Corona pandemic, in which many countries witnessed food crises, due to government measures that contributed to providing Food, whether locally produced or imported, in addition to social solidarity.
She added, "The government has taken a number of measures, including supporting the social protection network, securing ration card materials, and distributing an emergency financial grant to those affected by the pandemic, with the aim of helping them face emergency conditions."
The ministry indicated that "talking about a third of Iraqis being hungry is contrary to reality, because the rate of food fragility in Iraq is less than 2% of the total population, and this percentage increased after the waves of displacement in 2014."
And she continued, "The poverty rate in 2020 rose to 31%, and this does not mean that this percentage represents the hungry population at all, but this falls within the framework of what is known as "multidimensional poverty", which includes health, education, housing, and income, and the percentage increased as a result of the Corona pandemic. And its economic repercussions,” noting that “the total percentage of families that receive the ration is 95%.”
The Iraqi Ministry of Planning pointed out that "the indicators it adopts are extracted from the statistical surveys carried out by the Central Bureau of Statistics in accordance with the global standards approved by the United Nations."
The ministry concluded by saying, "The indicators referred to in the report attributed to the World Food Program are unrealistic, and are not based on the indicators adopted by the Ministry of Planning, as it is not possible in any way to compare the food and living situation of the Iraqi people with countries that are already suffering from severe famine. Iraq is not hungry."
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