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.