Pinoy families compromise nutrition due to rising cost of food – World Bank survey

Not only poor households are buying unhealthy food because of inflation.

Even better-off families are reeling from the skyrocketing prices of goods as well.

Based on a survey conducted by the World Bank, food inflation hurts consumption and nutrition in the Philippines.

A year-on-year comparison showed an upward trend for more families not buying nutritious food because of its cost.

For poor families, 10 percent of those who cannot afford to purchase rice in May 2021 doubled to 20 percent in May this year.

The figure is the same for protein products. From 20 percent of those who were not buying in 2021, the number has jumped to 35 percent this year. It is even worse for fruits and vegetables because from less than 10 percent last year, over 20 percent of poor families now cannot afford to buy them.

For better-off households, from less than 5 percent who were not purchasing rice because of the cost, the number plummeted even more.

For protein products, from an average of 10 percent of families not buying, the number has jumped to 15 percent. For fruits and vegetables, there was no drastic change as it only decreased slightly from the purchases last year.

The Philippines is currently reeling from many challenges in the agriculture sector, with shortages in the supply of basic commodities and the dumping of some goods in the provinces due to the farmers’ inability to transport the goods to the markets. Global issues such as the war in Ukraine have also played a part in the rising cost of goods.