According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 13% Pakistanis report having faced a serious problem of food scarcity in the past year. Among the remaining, while 31% say they did not face such a shortage at all and another 18% say they faced such a problem infrequently, a significant 34% say they sometimes faced a scarcity of food items in the past year.
In a survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question: “In the past one year have you or your family faced a shortage of food items?” Thirteen percent (13%) said that they had faced shortage of food items frequently in the last one year, 34% claimed to have been confronted with this problem sometimes, 18% said infrequently whereas 31% said never. 4% gave no response.
A detailed analysis of the data revealed that more rural residents claimed to have frequently faced shortage of food items in the past year as compared to their urban counterparts.
“In the past one year have you or your family faced a shortage of food items?”
The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2774 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during February 2011. Error margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.