CLAP food program in Venezuela.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA - APRIL 04: Neighbors of barrio Union of Petare open boxes of food program CLAP delivered by "Colectivo Resistencia y Rebelion de Caracas" on April 4, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2016, government of Nicolas Maduro implemented the Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP) that delivers boxes of essential supplies to community councils at subsidized prices. There is controversy regarding the frequency of delivery, the goods included, its origin, its price and the obligation of holding the smart-card ID known as the fatherland card (Carnet de la Patria) to receive it. Political and economic crisis has triggered a food emergency in Venezuela. Most supermarkets and shops do not offer a wide variety and amount of food and goods due to the shortage that affects the country. To struggle with semi empty shelves, Venezuelans have to navigate street stalls and vendors to get eggs, corn and wheat flour and rice which are the basis of the Venezuelan diet. According to the 2018 survey on life conditions ENCOVI, conducted by three local universities, 89% of people consider their incomes are not enough to afford a proper diet. Six out of 10 said they had gone to bed hungry because they did not have the money to buy food. International Monetary Found estimates a 10 million percent inflation for Venezuela in 2019 with skyrocketing rises in the price of food and goods, increasing the number of Venezuelans unable to access to a healthy nutrition. According to FAO Early Action on Food Security report 2019, Venezuela is in alert due to food insecurity and has no consistent humanitarian response plan. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

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