The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia project, together with the Agence Française de Développement and Angkor Research and Consulting have released a few summary results of the baseline survey for the “Study on the Impact of Food Provision on Garment Workers’ Health and Productivity”.
The results indicate that 43% of clothing workers surveyed suffer from anaemia and 16% are underweight according to the Asian body mass index. The study also found that clothing workers spend approximately US$9 per week on food (US$1.30 per day).
Anxiety and uncertainty about food supply was also found to be high in garment workers with only a third in the study meeting the definition of “food secure” according to standardised assessment tools. In addition, approximately 8% of workers met the definition for “severely food insecure”.
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