Study: Venezuelans have lost more than 11 kilos on average in 2017
By Sabrina Martín
According to the survey, 87% of Venezuelan households live in poverty. Of that percentage, slightly more than half (56%) are recently and 30% chronically poor.
Children from the Wayuu tribes in a school in western Venezuela. Note how poor school food is: hunger in Venezuela starts worrying the international communities. (Versión Final)
A recent survey conducted by Venezuelan universities revealed the seriousness of the food crisis in the country, detailing the situation of starving Venezuelans.
Every year, the main universities of the country join together to carry out the Survey on Living Conditions (ENCOVI). This year’s results demonstrate that in the South American country, people do not live, they survive.
The Simón Bolívar University (USB), the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB) initiated this project in the absence of official data. The report focused on seven areas: poverty, food, health, education, personal security, emigration, and work.
The data of the report
In 2017 the increase in poverty, food shortages, inflation, and insecurity was undeniable, to the point of surpassing all the previous forecasts.
Two of the most damning figures are the measures of the shortage of food and its consequences. According to the survey, starving Venezuelans lost on average more than 11 kilos during 2017, something people on the street commonly refer to as “Maduro’s Diet”.
Almost 90% of respondents said that family income “is not enough” to eat and 78.6% said that in the last three months they ate less because they were not able to get food.
At a press conference, Marianela Herrera, a member of the survey’s research team, stressed that due to the inflationary rebound, the average Venezuelan changed his diet, he now “eats less or skips meals”.
#Encovi2017 En los estratos más pobres, 61% dijo que se ha acostado con hambre por no tener dinero para comer. Ellos han perdido, en promedio, 11 kilos de peso. En los estratos socialmente más aventajados no hay demasiada diferencia: han perdido 10 Kg. @RunRunesWeb
— Lorena Meléndez G. (@loremelendez) February 21, 2018
Due to the economic crisis framed by a hyperinflation rate that reaches four digits, Venezuelans are not able to feed themselves.
— Gabriel Bastidas (@Gbastidas) February 21, 2018