Wednesday, August 4

“There is no diesel here”: Venezuela’s latest crisis and how it can lead to a “drastic increase” in food insecurity in the country


  • Guillermo D. Olmo (@BBCgolmo)
  • BBC World News, Caracas

Food transportation is one of the sectors most affected by the diesel shortage.

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Food transportation is one of the sectors most affected by the diesel shortage.

“The shortage of diesel is very serious. If there is no solution, even a temporary one, in the next 15 days, the entire production chain will be paralyzed.”

It is the warning of Aquiles Hopkins, president of Fedeagro, an association that groups together agricultural producers in Venezuela.

By his account, the country’s diesel shortage has already led to entire crops being spoiled in western states due to lack of transportation to get them to markets.

The sowing of the next season is also in danger in a country where, according to the United Nations World Food Program, two-thirds of the population does not have a stable and sufficient food supply.


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