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Iraq: Food

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of (a) food prices and (b) levels of food poverty in Iraq; what assessment he has made of such (i) prices and (ii) levels in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (166055)

The most reliable data we have is a survey conducted in 2005 by the World Food programme (WFP) and Government of Iraq. The survey found that four million people in Iraq are considered food insecure and in need of food assistance—this equals 15 per cent. of the population. The survey found that a further 8.3 million people would be rendered food insecure if they were not provided food rations through the public distribution system (PDS).

The only information we have on food prices are the Government of Iraq’s food inflation figures (i.e. the rate at which food prices are increasing).

End of year

Food inflation (Percentage)

2004

2

2005

26

2006

36

20071

9

1September 2007 inflation rate (the latest available).

Source:

Central Office of Statistics and Information Technology (Government of Iraq)