State of Palestine - Socio-Economic And Food Security Survey, 2012
The Socio-Economic and Food Security survey (SEFSec) is a joint effort between PCBS and the UN through the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
According to the 2012 survey, 34 percent of Palestinian households – approximately 1.57 million individuals – were found to be food insecure in 2012. This represents an almost complete reversal of the progressive improvements in food security reported since 2009. The survey also found that the surge in food insecurity levels mainly reflects the deterioration of socio-economic conditions in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; increasing unemployment and contracting purchasing power resulting from the combination of sustained economic constraints and of the shock generated by the government fiscal crisis in late 2012.