Joint Food Security Assessment: Main findings, September 2017
Increased food insecurity levels in NGCA: as many as 26% (up from 13%1 ) or up to 800,000 people in Donetska and Luhanska NGCA were found to be severely or moderately food insecure with 5,2% (up from 1.7%) or 150,000 people among those being severely food insecure.
Increased food insecurity levels in GCA: the levels of food insecurity have increased to 15% in Donetska GCA (up from 6%2 ) and 14% in Luhanska GCA (up from 10%) or up to 410,000 people were found to be food insecure in GCA. Among them 0,9% or up to 26,000 people were found to be severely food insecure.
The share of the population with poor and borderline levels of food consumption has increased to 17.8% (up from 7.3%) in GCA and 20,8% (up from 15.2%) among the general population in NGCA.
Food Expenditure has reduced overall, mainly to reflect the increased cost of utilities, which has negatively impacted food consumption of some vulnerable groups.
The application of Negative Coping Strategies has increased to 87% in NGCA (up from 40%), while in GCA 53% are applying negative coping strategies (down from 55%).
The FSA indicates a direct link between food insecurity and unemployment – in GCA, the food insecurity levels of HHs where no one is working is 21% (compared to 8% in HHs with one or more employed). In Luhanska NGCA, 32% of HHs, where no one is working, are food insecure (compared to 20% in HHs with one or more employed) whereas in Donetska NGCA this figure is 45% (compared to 22%)
FSA analysis of the main indicators (food consumption score, livelihood coping strategies and food security index) shows that the most vulnerable groups remain single headed HHs with children, elders (60+) (mostly those living alone), households with no active employment as well as femaleheaded HHs.