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[casi] Iraqis Remain Food Insecure - Unemployed - Poor (FAO - WHO)

Below find both the FAO/WHO report url and a press release excerpt that
summarizes the joint report's findings.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization,
"Crop, Food Supply and Nutrition Assessment Mission to Iraq", 23 September
2003, and

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, press release, "Millions remain
food insecure in Iraq despite better harvest", 23 September 2003,

Press Release Excerpt:


23 September 2003, Rome -- Despite a better cereal harvest and the lifting
of economic sanctions, according to a report published today by the UN Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP),
nearly half of the 26.3 million Iraqis are estimated to be poor and in need
of assistance.

The effects of war, economic sanctions and three years of severe drought
(1999-2001) have seriously eroded the livelihoods base of Iraqis, FAO/WFP
said in the food supply and nutrition assessment mission report.

Currently about 60 percent of the Iraqi population are unemployed and depend
largely on public food rations.

While starvation has been averted, chronic malnutrition persists among
several million vulnerable people, including some 100 000 refugees and
around 200 000 internally displaced people.


Nathaniel Hurd
Consultant on Iraq policy
Tel. (Mobile): 917-407-3389
Fax: 718-504-4224
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