26,000 people face food insecurity in Nepal, reports UN

February 4th, 2009 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, Feb 4 (Xinhua) A UN aid agency Wednesday said that about 26,000 people in Nepal’s western districts are facing food insecurity due to inadequate crop yield, soaring food prices and lack of income opportunities.The findings are based on a study in 47 districts across the country, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in its bulletin. The agency added that several areas near the mountains are moderately food insecure.

The remoteness of the areas, limited agricultural land, poor to moderate summer crop production, high food prices and limited income of people have aggravated the situation, it said.

The food security situation will worsen in the mountain districts if sufficient rain does not occur in February, the agency said.

The WFP said some 40,000 people in the flood-affected areas of the Western Terai region need urgent help.

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