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Global Report on Food Crises

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    29th Apr, 2020

The annual report of acute food security and malnutrition ‘Global Report on Food Crises’ has revealed the scope of food crises as COVID-19 poses new risks to vulnerable countries.

Context

The annual report of acute food security and malnutrition ‘Global Report on Food Crises’ has revealed the scope of food crises as COVID-19 poses new risks to vulnerable countries.

Background:

  • In India, millions of informal and migrant labourers lost their livelihoods overnight when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government ordered a national lockdown.
  • Many governments around the world have put their populations on lockdown causing severe slow-downs in international trade and food supply chains.
  • Panic buying by people going into confinement has already demonstrated the fragility of supply chains as supermarket shelves emptied in many countries.
  • Without wages or access to government programmes, many workers are unable to eat. 
  • Already, 135 million people had been facing acute food shortages, but now with the pandemic, 130 million more could go hungry in 2020.
  • This emerging crisis is unlike regional problems caused by political or military strife. It is not local storm damage. It is a global emergency and it does not hit all of us equally. The poor lose more.
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