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GAMBIA: NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY SURVEY REPORT DECEMBER 2023

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Three households out of ten (29 percent) are food insecure, representing a 3 percent increase from 2022. Basse, Janjanbureh and Kuntaur LGAs have the highest prevalence of food insecure households, (41 percent, 44 percent, and 61 percent, respectively). The LGAs with lower prevalence of food insecurity are Kanifing (18 percent), Brikama (25 percent), and Banjul (27 percent).

Food insecurity is significantly higher in rural areas (52 percent) compared to urban ones (21 percent).

One in four households continues to face challenges in meeting their food needs, a situation that has persisted since 2022.

Since 2021, more households are spending over 65 percent of their monthly budget on food, driven by the country’s rising food costs. As a result, households have become more economically vulnerable. This underscores the added difficulties households encounter in accessing food.

Compared to 2022, households in all LGAs have less frequently employed strategies to access food.

High food prices and job loss affect urban households more frequently than rural ones.

Rural areas are more prone to climate-related shocks and their effect on housing than urban households.

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