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22% of the SL population is undernourished – World Food Program

The World Food Program (WFP) has decided to implement humanitarian assistance programs in the wake of the escalating food crisis in Sri Lanka. Observations by the institute have revealed that more than 22% of the population in the country is unable to get even the least nutritious food.

According to surveys, more than 86% of the country’s population is facing a food crisis. The World Food Program (WFP) says they have had to go for solutions such as reducing the amount of food they eat, eating something instead of nutritious food, and reducing the number of meals they eat daily.

The World Food Program (WFP) says it needs $ 60 million to provide food to 3 million people in Sri Lanka, whose food supply has been severely hampered. The agency plans to provide these people with vouchers, food or cash to buy food. The program will be operational during June-December this year.

Under this, their primary focus is on pregnant women. Pregnant mothers should be provided with nutritious food on a daily basis, but pregnant women from poor families have not been able to meet those needs. According to the World Food Program, this condition affects not only the health of the mother but also the health of the unborn child.

As the first step in this program, selected pregnant women in the Colombo District will be given vouchers worth Rs. 15,000 per month.

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