United Nations: Libya is facing food security crisis
Mar 15, 2011
Libya, a country dependent on cereal imports and currently in a political crisis, faces a serious food security concern, according to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization statement on Friday, March 11.
"Depletion of food stocks and loss of rural manpower are all factors that in the longer-term could seriously affect food security," said Chief of FAO's Emergency Operations Service, Daniele Donati.
The FAO is preparing to fund $2.65 million in food security aid to Libya, while the organization is appealing for a total of $47.92 million. The FAO is closely monitoring food prices and inflation levels in the country.
Libya, a country which consists mostly of desert, used to be a Roman colony before its 1951 independence, according to the BBC. Oil was discovered in the country in 1959. Ten years later, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi took power, at the age of 27. The main language in Libya is Arabic, while the main religion is Islam.
Most of the arable land in Libya is near Benghazi and the capital city of Tripoli, according to the FAO.