The Food Crisis In Venezuela Has Taken A Turn For The Worse

Venezuela Food Crisis: The Downward Spiral

The current Venezuela food crisis can be attributed to the country’s dependency on its oil reserves over the last thirty to forty years at least, for which the price fluctuated dramatically in the 90s, making the government believe they could continue to sell it at a premium.

This led to the souring of trade relationships with Venezuela, which might have led to product shortages, for which the government under Chavez tried to compensate by a drastic devaluation of their Bolivar currency, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, which created a chain reaction to inflation, which is currently at 700 percent, resulting in what now reported as the Venezuela food crisis.

As the video shows, the Associated Press has reported that the government of Venezuela — which has been under Nicolás Maduro since the death of Chavez in 2013 — agreed to open border crossings for one day into the city of Cucuta, Colombia, which caused a flood of 35,000 Venezuelans to rush into the city in just 12 hours.

The video also refers to when hundreds of women broke through the border with Colombia to purchase products, which is also verified by The PanAm Post, which resulted in the agreement.

“In Venezuela you can’t get anything, there’s nothing to eat. We’re starving, we’re desperate!”

The border had been closed by the government in August of last year.

Food Management Now Under Military Control

Food shortages now under the control of Venezuela's armed forces. Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, right and new Defense Minister Gen. Vladimir Padrino, stand next to each other during the new military chief’s swearing-in ceremony at the Fort Tiuna military base in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. [Image by Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo]The Associated Press is now reporting that the president of Venezuela has put the country’s armed forces in charge of handling the new food supply.

Venezuela’s military has already been given a lot of power in handling other services, such as banking and imports.

The head of the armed forced is Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.

In order to try to better maintain the food crisis, and reduce the long lines, those forces will be transporting and distributing products, stimulating production, controlling prices, and purging corruption at the ports, which were originally run by civilians.