Food stocks running low in Libya

Libya is likely to experience severe food shortages within the next four months, according to the UN World Food Programme.

Food supplies

Food supplies

Libya is a net importer of food and the ongoing conflict between pro-and anti-government forces has severely disrupted supplies.

WFP has sent tones of wheat to eastern Libya to feed at least 90,000 people.

More supplies are due to arrive next week from Egypt.

Emilia Casella from WFP says current food stocks are likely to be exhausted over the next four months.

“In regards to food assistance, that would be at the moment aimed to 400,000 people outside of Libya that is returning migrants to Tunisia and Egypt and their families as many of those families have an extra mouth to feed as well as they no longer have the remittances that their family member was sending to them to help them support their families back home. In addition the food assistance is aimed to about 600,000 people inside Libya as and when we shall begin to have access to them.”

Meanwhile the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says over 250,000 people including 21,000 foreign migrant workers have now fled Libya since the insurgency to topple the regime began in late February. IOM however says the evacuations may stall in the coming days due to lack of funding.

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