Fuel Crises hikes, ‘Unprecedented’ hunger in Lebanon

Families skip meals and forgo staples as Lebanon’s paralysing fuel crisis causes food prices to skyrocket, many staple food items were no longer affordable.

Lebanon’s food crisis is not a recent development. The World Food Programme estimated that food prices have gone up by 628 percent in just two years, compounding Lebanon’s economic meltdown, which has plunged three-quarters of its population into poverty and devalued the Lebanese pound by about 90 percent.

Lebanon’s economy ministry announced earlier this week that they had raised the price of bread for a sixth time this year — partly due to the weakening local currency, but also due to the petrol and fuel crisis as transportation costs have soared.