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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

versão On-line ISSN 2307-3349


BERNAL-NUNEZ, A; ZOTELO-NUNEZ, D; OSORIO-DAVALOS, C  e  DIAZ-REISSNER, CV. Food security in families affected by the flood of 2014 in Asunción and Pilar, Paraguay. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2017, vol.7, n.2, pp.31-36. ISSN 2307-3349.


During the time period from March to June of 2014 in Paraguay, heavy rains caused unavoidable economic, social and agro-alimentary consequences in rural and urban areas.


To describe the food situation of families affected by floods in the cities of Asuncion and Pilar in the year 2014.

Materials and Methods:

The study design was crosssectional, the data were obtained through the Food Security Console survey prepared by the World Food Program for the purpose of measuring the food security status of the targeted populations, through a random selection of heads of families by representatives of the area.


98.02% of families in Asunción and 86.15% in Pilar suffered flooding. 59.08% of Asuncion’s families suffered food shortages or lack of money, as opposed to 36.41% of Pilar’s families. In Asunción, villagers reported significantly higher food insecurity (p = 0.001) and applied significantly more survival strategies than those in Pilar (p = 0.001).


After flooding, the affected populations suffered a high percentage of food insecurity, 92.74% in Asunción and 83.59% in Pilar, and received government assistance to alleviate the situation.

Palavras-chave : Food and Nutrition Security; Floods; Paraguay.

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