Joint Food Security Assessment: Main findings, September 2017

MAIN FINDINGS

  • 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.