1.7m suffer from food insecurity in Jordan

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AMMAN — Around 1.7 million people in Jordan suffer from severe food insecurity. This constitutes 17 percent of the population according to the latest figures of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) between 2019 and 2021 which place Jordan’s population at 11.3 million people, reported Saraya News.اضافة اعلان

Cost of a healthy dietAdditionally, In 2020 there were 1.5 million people in Jordan unable to afford a healthy diet representing 14.9 percent of the Kingdom’s population. It is noted these numbers fluctuated over the course of four years from 1.6 million in 2017, decreasing by 6.3 percent in 2018, declining again by 6.7 percent in 2019, and rising by 7.1 percent in 2020. 

In Arab countries 162.7 million people are unable to afford a healthy diet, while worldwide around 3.74 billion cannot do so, according to Al Ghad News.

Furthermore, the cost of a healthy diet per person per day is increasing, reaching JD 2.41 in 2017, to rise by 1.2 percent in 2018, by 1.4 percent in 2019, and then by 3.1 percent in 2020.

Dietary disorders
The prevalence of anemia among women between the ages of 15 and 49 also witnessed successive increases during the years of 2015, 2017, and 2018 by rates of 6.7 percent, 2.7 percent, and 2.9 percent, respectively.

Obesity rates also witnessed successive increases in the years 2013, 2014, and 2015 by 1.74 percent, 1.72 percent, and 1.69 percent, respectively.

Regarding the prevalence of obesity among children under the age of five, while it reached 5.7 percent globally, and 10.7 percent among Arabs, Jordan recorded a rate of 7.1 percent in 2020, which is higher than the previous year by 4.22 percent.

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