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Source: United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition
31 May 2007



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Standing Committee on Nutrition


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Occupied Palestinian Territories Food security still precarious—A food security analysis concluded that 34% of the population of West Bank and the Gaza Strip was considered food secure in 2006, while 20% was marginally food secure, 12% was vulnerable to becoming food insecure and 34% was food insecure. Although not directly comparable with the FAO/WFP food security assessment in 2003, which used a different methodology, the findings were similar.

The results of the Palestinian Family Health Survey conducted at the end of 2006/beginning of 2007 showed that the level of wasting has remained under control. Compared with the same type of surveys conducted in 2000 and 2004, it seemed that stunting showed a slight increase especially in the Gaza Strip. However, it is difficult to know the significance of this increase.

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The UN members of the SCN are ECA, FAO, IAEA, IFAD, ILO, UN, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNHCHR, UNICEF, UNRISD, UNU, WFP, WHO, and the World Bank. IFPRI and ADB are also members.  From the outset, representatives of bilateral partners have participated actively in SCN activities as do nongovernmental organizations.  The SCN Secretariat is hosted by WHO in Geneva.


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