A total of 14.8 million of Turkey’s 82.3 million population suffers from insufficient food adjustment, the U.N. World Food Programme’s live Hunger Map reported.
Turkey has seen an increase of 410,000 suffering from malnutrition in the country in the past three months and 50,000 over the past month, the map, which chares real time data, showed.
Some 1.7 percent of children under the age of 5 in the country are faced with acute malnutrition and 6 percent of children experience chronic malnutrition, according to the map.
The data arrives as Turkey’s inflation for the month of May rose by 73.5 percent year on year, its highest in 23 years. The country is grappling with soaring food and energy costs and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unorthodox monetary policy.
Food prices in Turkey rose by 91.6 percent year on year, according to data by the Turkish International Statistical Institute (TÜİK).
According to the Inflation Research Group (ENAG), an independent organisation established by economists and academics, the real inflation rate in April in the country measures at 156.86 percent, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.
Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeastern Şırnak province registered the highest rate of malnutrition in the country, measuring at 20.25 percent, according to the U.N. map.