Iraq Food Market Monitoring Bulletin 5 - April 2015: Conflict affects food security in central and northern governorates

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  • Conflict is negatively affecting the Iraqi population’s food security, particularly in the governorates of Ninewa, Kirkuk, Salah Al-Din and Duhok, where nearly one in ten households are consuming a borderline or inadequate diet. Chronic food insecurity persists in the governorates of Wassit and Muthanna.

  • The food security of Iraq’s 2.68 million internally displaced people (IDPs)1 has been particularly affected. Their diets have deteriorated and one in four IDP households are using negative coping strategies – a far higher proportion than among non-displaced households.

  • More people have received rations through the government-run public distribution system (PDS) in the south than in central and northern governorates.

  • Households in conflict-affected areas such as Anbar, parts of Ninewa and Kirkuk are facing higher prices for staple foods and reduced purchasing power.