UN preparing for food shortages in violent Libya


GENEVA — The U.N. food agency says it is planning for possible food shortages in Libya due to the unrest. The World Food Program (WFP) says people fleeing the violence in Libya have spoken of shortages in food, petrol and medical supplies. WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella says “the provision of food assistance inside Libya is being factored into WFP’s contingency planning.” But she says such a move will only take place “if assessments show that it is required and if secure humanitarian access is possible.” Casella said Friday that Libya is a net food importer with very limited production of wheat, barley, and olives that is not enough to meet the population’s needs.