This situation is caused by the high cost of food, to which is added El Niño phenomenon is added bringing drought, less rain, less harvests and more expensive basic products.
The executive director of the Center for the Defense of the Consumer (CDC), Danilo Pérez, quoted by Radio Ysuca, urged the government to decree a “State of Emergency in food matters”, a measure to prevent one million 700 thousand poor people from running out of food.
Data from the Alianza Nutres assure that Salvadoran families are eating little and poorly due to the high cost of the basic food basket, which is influenced by the monetary and multidimensional poverty that has increased in the country.
Meanwhile, Ana Josefa Blanco, executive director of Calma, considered Salvadorans cannot afford the food in the basic basket, so they choose to replace said nutritious foods with others that are not nutritious.
Blanco stated that Salvadorans consume more carbohydrates and skip meal times, something that is “worrying”, and that was aired in several surveys, including the latest Household and Multiple Purpose Survey.
Quoted by the station, Alianza Nutres warned that the food outlook is not encouraging for the coming months, in terms of food and nutritional security, which is why it requires the government to take measures to alleviate the crisis.