Poverty and food security

The Israeli siege on Gaza since fourteen years has Led to high unemployment and poverty rates, that negatively affecting society. More than 68.5% of the population of the Gaza Strip suffer from increasing in hunger and food insecurity rates, due to reaching an unemployment rate to 46.6%. women had the highest share of suffering, at an average 63.6% compared to 42.1% among men. Not only that, but the Israeli siege also affects the quality of food. 82% of families in the Gaza Strip consumed food with lower quality, 66% borrow to buy food, and 49% relied on the helping of their relatives. The percentage of those borrow to buy food increased by 12% compared to the previous months.

The latest statistics, which was before the aggression of May 2021, show that seven out of ten families suffer from food insecurity, as 80% of wage employees in the private sector in Gaza receive the minimum wage.

At the beginning of 2020, the MoSD in Gaza Strip helped about 80,000 families through the social security program, the number increased during the Corona pandemic by 35,000 families. After the May 2021 aggression, 96,000 families received assistance vouchers from the WFP.

The proportion of the poor elderly is 5%. Out of every five Palestinian families, an elderly person supports one of them. That is, 17% of all families are supported by a poor elderly person.