“Crisis Monitor”… 72 percent of Lebanese families will need food

“Crisis Monitor”… 72 percent of Lebanese families will need food

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“Crisis Monitor”… 72 percent of Lebanese families will need food

In a report issued on Monday by the Crisis Monitor under the supervision of the head of the Department of Health Administration and Policies at the American University of Beirut, Nasser Yassin, he indicated that “the prices of some commodities and basic needs have increased, as the price of sunflower oil has exceeded 1100 percent since the summer of 2019, i.e. before The financial and economic collapse occurred, while the price of beef increased by 627 percent, and ordinary rice by 545 percent, while the price of eggs rose by 450 percent, and the price of labneh doubled by 275 percent.

The report concluded that “according to a simulation of food prices in June 2021, a normal lunch or dinner consisting of salad, soup and a main dish (rice and chicken), for a family of five, has become estimated at 71,000 Lebanese pounds per day, without counting any A type of fruit or the cost of water, gas, electricity and cleaning materials.

Based on these estimates, it is expected that the family will spend about two million and 130 thousand Lebanese pounds) on one main meal within one month, which is approximately three times the minimum wage.

Then, at the very least, the majority of families in Lebanon (72 percent), whose income does not exceed two million and 400 thousand Lebanese pounds per month, will find it difficult to secure their livelihood at the minimum required, based on household income figures, according to the 2019 Central Statistics Department report.

In the face of this inflation, the report indicated that “talking about the food insecurity of the Lebanese population is a difficult reality. UNICEF report figures indicate that 30 percent of Lebanon’s children sleep with empty stomachs, which is a painful fact that Lebanon has not yet reached the depths of the deep crisis in itself.” maximum”.

The observatory’s report concluded that “in the next stage, there is nothing left but the solidarity of people with each other and dependence on civil and family ties at the level of towns, villages and city neighborhoods, until the storm of the crisis passes with a minimum of tragedies, malnutrition and multiple human costs.”

Economic analyst Joseph Farah told Sky News Arabia, commenting on these figures: “If the price of the dollar has reached 18,000 Lebanese pounds, and if the Banque du Liban supports some basic commodities, despite its reservations about that, and if the Banque du Liban has started implementing its circular 158 By paying 400 dollars and the same amount in Lebanese currency per month, which leads to more inflation and a devaluation of the Lebanese pound, and if salaries and wages continue to achieve more losses, it is natural for the poverty rate in Lebanon to rise to more than 66 percent and to abolish the middle class entirely”.

Farah added: “On the other hand, despite the political crisis, the solidarity between the two wings of Lebanon, the resident and the expatriate, is the current way to relieve the pressure on the poor and destitute, as evidenced by what is happening at Rafic Hariri Airport on a daily basis with the return of passengers, most of whom are Lebanese, carrying bedding, medicines, and some unfair deficiencies. found and missing in Lebanon.

He continued, “The money transferred from the Lebanese expatriates is like a dose of oxygen for the Lebanese living in Lebanon, in addition to the role of some associations and institutions that play a role in this regard.”

He believed that “the Lebanese problem can only be resolved by addressing the political problem and opening the way for the formation of a government that implements reforms and is the obligatory passage to the International Monetary Fund to secure material aid.”

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