Miriam Villae never knows what she’ll find on the shelves of her grocery store in the Venezuela capital these days. Chances are it’s not much.
As the oil-rich country grapples with the highest food shortage in four years, the 62-year-old grandmother and many others like her are being forced to make do without staples like flour and butter.
“Today I found corn meal and oil but there’s no sugar,” Villae told AFP as she slipped two packages of maize into her cart at a Caracas supermarket — much to the delight of her young grandson.
“Wheat flour has long been missing,” she added, noting that, day after day, she comes to “hunt” for chicken.