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Around 16 or 17 Per Cent of Sri Lankans are undernourished - MAITHRIPALA SIRISENA, President of Sri Lanka

On 18 October 2018, Lankadeepa reported President Sirisena making the following statement:

Around 16 or 17 percent of Sri Lankans are undernourished.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization defines undernourishment as “the proportion of the population whose dietary energy consumption is less than a pre-determined threshold,” and expresses this figure as a three-year moving average.

Exhibit 1 shows this moving average of undernourishment in Sri Lanka since 2000. In the period 2015–2017, this figure was 10.9 percent. In fact, Sri Lanka’s undernourishment has not been as high as the President’s stated figure of 16-17 percent since 2008.

Therefore, we classify the president’s statement as FALSE.


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  • Perumal Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:45 PM

    Uttering falsehoods is this person's pastime since his childhood. His daughter's book bears witness to that. It is Sri Lankans' misfortune and stupidity to have him as this country's President.

    SENA Tuesday, 19 February 2019 05:59 AM

    Sirisena was the replacement for a family of murderous crooks led by Ali Baba who wasted money to display his mug on every lamp post in the country. Unfortunately Sri Lankan voters have limited choices. Murderous crooks, stupid bums or a bank robber in tie and jacket.

    parakum Tuesday, 19 February 2019 02:46 PM

    Birds of a feather flock together.


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