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Libya - Emergency Food Security Assessment: Eastern Libya, June 2011

This Emergency Food Security Assessment covers Eastern Libya and is a first exercise to study food security and socio-economic aspects. A subsequent study of Western Libya, particularly the Nafusa Mountains and Misrata is planned as soon as access is secured. The recent political events have impacted public services. Banks could not dispense large amounts of cash and salary payments were intermittent at times. Foreign workers, the main source of labour in factories and farms, fled. Nevertheless, basic food availability in markets remains intact, although time- and location-specific shocks to food prices and availability have occurred. IDPs from Ajdabiya are collecting their salaries in Benghazi due to a common bank system. The food consumption of even the poorest is much higher than the average in least developed countries.