COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund estimates that 56,000 children in Sri Lanka are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
According to latest data from the UNICEF, approximately 2.3 million children in Sri Lanka are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Meanwhile, the United Nations World Food Programme in its latest assessment said Sri Lanka continues to face a multidimensional crisis compounded by food insecurity, threatened livelihoods, shortages of vital and essential medicines, as well as rising protection concerns.
According to the latest figures published by WFP, 32 percent of households are now food insecure, and 68 percent of households are turning to food based coping strategies such as eating less preferred food or reducing the number of meals and portion-sizes.
The Market Functionality Index, released by WFP, reports that markets are concerned about price volatility and unavailability of items, with traders worried about an increase in prices for cereal foods and non-cereal foods items, which further exacerbates food security across Sri Lanka.