Over half of Jordanian households face food insecurity, report reveals

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AMMAN — The National Food Security Strategy 2023–2030 revealed that more than half of the country's households, approximately 53 percent, are exposed to food insecurity. اضافة اعلان

The strategy, meticulously prepared by the Ministry of Health's Nutrition Department, further disclosed that while 3 percent of households suffer from food insecurity, this percentage varies significantly across different governorates, with alarming rates reaching as high as 20 percent in the Tafilah governorate, according to Ammon News.

Syrian refugees bear heavy burden
Meanwhile, an analysis, conducted by the World Food Program in June 2021, brought attention to the distressing situation faced by Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The findings exposed that a staggering 23.4 percent of Syrian refugees experience food insecurity, with an additional 60 percent at risk of facing similar circumstances.

These alarming figures emerge amid reports indicating a decline in international assistance dedicated to ensuring food security for refugees in Jordan.

Growing challenges
As Jordan opens its doors to host approximately 3 million officially registered refugees, primarily Palestinians and Syrians, the National Food Security Strategy warns of an escalating national problem.

The strategy underscored that food insecurity in Jordan is influenced by a multitude of factors, including urban expansion, fluctuating food import prices, the impact of climate change, the influx of Syrian refugees, a decline in remittances from Jordanians residing abroad, and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malnutrition in Jordan
According to the strategy's assessment, Jordan confronts diverse forms of malnutrition, encompassing malnutrition itself, micronutrient deficiencies, an alarming rise in overweight and obesity, as well as the prevalence of non-communicable diseases linked to dietary habits.

The nation has undergone a rapid nutritional transition due to changes in dietary patterns and lifestyles.

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