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WFP says Sri Lanka's food security is still tenuous

The World Food Programme (WFP) has issued an updated assessment of Sri Lanka's current food security status after finding that most households are spending the majority of their incomes on food.

More specifically, most of the 1,755 homes surveyed in the Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Killinochi and Mannar districts were found to be spending more than 65 percent of their pay on feeding their families, IRIN News reports.

However, the WFP did find that overall nutrition was good, considering over 300,000 displaced peoples have only recently resettled last year after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil were defeated following a 26-year-long civil war, reports the news source.

According to, 80,000 internationally displaced people still require shelter and food assistance today, though most have returned to their homes or found shelter with host families. Surveys conducted in 2009 found that 20 percent of Sri Lankan households, or 1.2 million people, experience chronic food insecurity due to compounded effects of the recently ended conflict, the global economic crisis and rising food prices.
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