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Shaw blasts gov't as UN study shows one in 10 Jamaicans undernourished

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2015 | 12:28 AM
Shaw ... cited high food prices, which he says are caused by a 40 per cent devaluation of the Jamaican dollar in relation to the US currency saying the government's devaluation regime has had severe implications and societal costs.

The Opposition is is bashing the government for failing to ensure the well-being of all citizens as new data from the United Nations is showing that almost one in every 10 Jamaicans is undernourished. 

According to the Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Audley Shaw, the government has been ignoring the plight of Jamaicans so that it can meet its economic targets. 

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Mr Shaw cited high food prices, which he says are caused by a 40 per cent devaluation of the Jamaican dollar in relation to the US currency saying the government's devaluation regime has had severe implications and societal costs.

Meanwhile, researcher and anthropologist, Dr Herbert Gayle, says the significance of the latest data cannot be fully appreciated until it's known who make up number of undernourished Jamaicans. 

However, Gayle says he expects that children, especially boys, and the rural and urban issues feature significantly in the undernourished profile. 

The United Nations (UN) report says about 200 thousand undernourished are people in Jamaica.

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It adds that the figure has remained constant over the years. 

Income inequality was cited along with food access, poverty and unemployment as factors contributing to the undernourishment.