Venezuela Is Struggling With A Historic Food Shortage

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.

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“Wheat flour has long been missing,” she added, noting that, day after day, she comes to “hunt” for chicken.

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