By the time Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died in 2013, he had nationalized more than 10 million acres of farmland. Some of the farmland that had been productive while under private ownership became idle under government ownership, and some of the farm equipment sat gathering dust. As a result, food production fell substantially. The country's new president, Nicolas Maduro, continued Chavez's policies. In May 2017, the Washington Post reported: "In a recent survey of 6,500 Venezuelan families by the country’s leading universities, three-quarters of adults said they lost weight in 2016 — an average of 19 pounds... a level of hunger almost unheard-of outside war zones or areas ravaged by hurricane, drought or plague."