5 September 2013: The seven-year long blockade imposed by Israel has caused food insecurity in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Food insecurity remains primarily an issue of affordable access to food. Since the imposition of the blockade, food prices have increased 35 per cent, while unemployment has soared to 30 per cent or higher.
More than one million people are food insecure in oPt. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a new rapid response grant of US$3,000,000 to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
18 January 2013: Some 1.64 million people have been affected by the blockade of Gaza since 2007. Living conditions for people living in Gaza have deteriorated severely, and access to essential services, such as health care and education, has significantly declined. Gaza has a food-insecurity rate of 44 per cent, which creates another challenge for the population.