Uncovering the 5 Major Causes of the Food Crisis in Venezuela



Venezuela has been experiencing a food crisis for almost a decade. Rampant undernourishment of the population, coupled with empty shelves in the market, is gaining international attention as a humanitarian emergency. However, the causes of the crisis remain divided into two major arguments posited by the government and the opposition in a “blame game”. Both factions have made serious contributions to the outbreak of the food crisis. Through analysis of various data sources, this study was able to identify five major causes of the food crisis: (1) dependence on oil, (2) poor political infrastructure, (3) political power over welfare, (4) hoarding and reselling of goods in the black market, and (5) U.S. sanctions in the Venezuelan economy.


Food CrisisVenezuelaBolivarian Regime
  • Year: 2020
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 4
  • DOI: 10.5334/glo.24
  • Published on 24 Jun 2020
  • Peer Reviewed