Hard to find bread in shortage-stricken Venezuela

by Valentina Oropeza, Ernesto Tover  |  published on February 29, 2016

At a popular east Caracas bakery, customers can buy Spanish olive oil, Italian tomato sauce and even American chocolates. But bread? Forget it.

Cardboard signs on the door warning of “No bread” have become increasingly common at Venezuelan bakeries.

Venezuela gets 96 percent of its foreign currency from oil exports, and as crude prices have plunged, so have the country’s imports — among them wheat.

The leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro has tightly controlled access to hard currency, and this has affected imports ranging from medicine to toilet paper. Now it is seriously affecting imports of wheat, which Venezuela does not grow.

Add to this the soaring inflation rate — 181 percent in 2015, the world’s highest — and you see why customers are mainly interested in buying basic food items such as bread.

  • ADRoberts

    I have been there twice on work and witness trips. They are very good, smart people who have been taken over by force of communist type dictators.
    God help them.

    • SABER

      Cruz and Rubio should be available to take over as new dictator-in-chief. One of these two messiahs should be able to bring loaves and fishes to Venezuela. They even know Español to boot.
      Witness trips…wow…maybe you should stay away from these people?

  • Citizentobe

    A prosperous though corrupt country destroyed by the most corrupted communist regime after North Korea….Is the U.S. on the waiting list?…Go, Bernie, Go!

    • Sickofit

      I certainly hope you are being sarcastic about.. Go Bernie go!!
      What happened in Venezuela was the result of socialism!! Bernie will do the same thing to America

      • drrocko

        Agree – go bernie go, should be go home bernie !

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