Venture into black markets and you'll find food unavailable in cheaper state-run groceries. The military isn't just running markets. It's getting rich off them.
While economists fear what rising food costs might do to a weak global economy, they predict prices will fall by the end of the year.
At the beginning of the planting season, experts predicted a record-busting corn crop in 2012. That was before the drought changed everything.
Flooding, drought and extreme weather have taken their toll on the nation's crops, but the damage may not be as bad as we think.
Venezuela has the world's highest inflation rates which make it difficult for their poorest citizens to keep up with rising food prices.