Food Insecurity Affects 28 Thousand Jordanians

تم نشره في Thu 3 March / Mar 2016. 01:00 AM
  • Areal View of Amman (Photography: Mohammad Abu Ghoush)

AMMAN — The food security census for the year 2013/2014 uncovers 6200 families (28078 individuals) in Jordan are affected by food insecurity, increasing from 3800 families in 2010 by 61 per cent.

Food security —particularly Houshold Food Security, according to international organisations is defined as “the ability of the household to secure, either from its own production or through purchases, adequate food for meeting the dietary needs of all members of the household”, whereas the census defined food insecurity as a situation wherein people suffer malnutrition because food is either unavailable, unaffordable, or inaccessible.

The census results were released by the Department of Statistics yesterday, March 2nd, and indicated that that there are currently 71 thousand Jordanian families (341.466 thousand individuals) with fragile food security at a rate of 5.7 per cent of Jordan’s population, while 93.8 per cent (around 5.9 million people) are food-secure.

Moreover, it was noted in the published documents that the highest rates of food insecurity in the Kingdom distribute between the two governorates of Kerak and Maan, citing that 0.9 per cent of the families residing there are affected by insecurity.

On another note, the census indicates that 80 per cent of the insecure families make an annual income of less than JOD5000 a year, around JOD417 a month; 14 per cent of the unsecure families received aid and support from fragile families in cash or from the national fund.