Concerns continue over increasing food crisis
A Washington Post feature says that “What has been a slow-motion crisis in Venezuela seems to be careening into a new, more dangerous phase,” as food riots continue. In another article, Antonio Pestana, chief of Venezuela’s farming industry association, says that shortages of seeds and agrochemicals means only 25 per cent of agricultural land is actually being farmed. Meanwhile, Miguel Pérez Abad, minister of industry and business, told Reuters that imports are likely to fall by 60 percent this year, compared to 2015.
An AP report on Venezuela’s food crisis says that researchers from three leading local universities found that 12 percent of the people in Caracas skip meals. Apparently, some Venezuelans are now turning to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets.