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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Post-COVID-19: FAO estimates 135m to suffer acute food insecure - NaijaAgroNet

Following the recent release of the Global Report on Food Crises 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has estimated that some 135 million people would suffer acute food insecure, reports NaijaAgroNet.

According to the report, this figure were acutely food-insecure in need of urgent humanitarian food and nutrition assistance.

Addressing COVID-19 impacts on food systems during the launch of its comprehensive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, FAO said its aimed at preventing a global food emergency during and after the COVID-19 pandemic while working on medium to long-term development response for food security and nutrition.

Besides being a major public concern, the COVID-19 pandemic can also be a serious threat to global food security. According to the World Bank's estimates, the pandemic's economic impact could push about 49 million people into extreme poverty. Soaring unemployment rates, income losses and rising food costs are jeopardizing food access in developed and developing countries alike and will have long-term effects on food security.

The latest edition of FAO's report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, revealed that even before the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the global food systems and livelihoods of millions of people at the start of the year, 10 million more people were in a condition of undernourishment with respect to 2018 and 60 million more with respect to 2014.

Furthermore, the pandemic may plunge national economies into recession, and countries ought to take urgent measures to mitigate the longer-term impacts on food systems and food security.

Equally urgent is the compounding threat of the pandemic on existing crises - such as conflict, natural disasters, climate change, pests and plagues - that are already stressing our food systems and triggering food insecurity around the globe.

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