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Food security in North improves – WFP

Dec 30, 2010 10:24:40 AM - itnnews.lk

The World Food Programme says the food security situation in Northern Sri Lanka has improved compared to what it was in March 2010. It said the next four months will be crucial.

WFP Sri Lanka further said the food consumption score for the vast majority of returnees falls in the acceptable range.

They added that the period from January to April remains critical, as the harvest from the main agricultural season Maha only becomes available in April.

With reference to what needed to be done to improve the conditions, the WFP Sri Lanka said the food security situation in Sri Lanka will gradually improve as livelihoods are regained and more arable lands are made available through de-mining. After the harvest period in April it is also foreseen that the food security situation will further improve. On December 15, IRIN, a “humanitarian news and analysis service” of the U.N. office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs, asserted that the food security in northern Sri Lanka remained fragile. Referring to this report, WFP Sri Lanka said the information quoted in the IRIN article are very preliminary findings. WFP said the report had not been finalized and it was “still in draft and is currently under review by the participating agencies – the Sri Lankan government, UNICEF and WFP.