Food security concerns grow as foreign NGO workers leave Burmese delta

Published on 22 July 2009

Survivors of last year’s deadly Cyclone Nargis are worried that the departure of foreign aid workers from the Irrawaddy delta will expose them to even greater food insecurity, according to local sources. (..) According to a survey conducted by the United Nations World Food Program in Laputta and Bogalay townships in February, 51 percent of households reported that they are still relying on food aid from humanitarian agencies, while only 25 percent said they could feed themselves. The report also said that about 83 percent of households have gone into debt to purchase rice.

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