COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The United Nations World Food Programme says the intensifying economic crisis in Sri Lanka continues to be a threat to food security.
The WFP in its latest update on Sri Lanka said the situation is likely to worsen without continued assistance during the lean season from October 2022 to February 2023.
It added prices in urban areas of Colombo continue to increase which impacts the already vulnerable segment of the society even more.
Food inflation (year-on-year) rose to 94.9 percent in September from 93.7 percent in August, according to the Colombo Consumer Price Index.
Meanwhile, markets reported concerns around rising and unstable prices, threatening to impact food accessibility, according to WFP’s August Market Functionality Index.
Since the start of emergency operations in mid August, the World Food Programme has reached a total of 209,344 people with cash assistance.
This came as a part of WFP’s scale-up to reach 3.4 million additional people in 2022, through unconditional food assistance, school meals and nutrition support.
The WFP estimates that it requires around USD 28.86 million between October 2022 and March 2023 to continue its food assistance programmes in Sri Lanka.