Coronavirus food crisis faced by world.
The world is now about to be confronted by a hunger emergency, the likes of which might never ever have been seen before, so say experts.
135 million people all over the globe have already been confronted by acute food shortages, at the start of 2020. But as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, by the end of the year 2020, another 130 million more people could be left not having any food to eat.
According to Arif Husain, Chief Economist at the World Food Program, a U.N. agency:
“We’ve never seen anything like this before. It wasn’t a pretty picture to begin with, but this makes it truly unprecedented and uncharted territory.”
“COVID-19 is potentially catastrophic for millions who are already hanging by a thread. We all need to come together to deal with this because if we don’t the cost will be too high – the global cost will be too high: many lost lives and many, many more lost livelihoods.”
It is being stated that the food supplies in the world are adequate. But, nothing is known as to what kind of long term effects the Coronavirus food crisis could have with regards to global food security.
Asha Jaffar, a volunteer who took food to families living in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi says:
“The Coronavirus has been anything but a great equalizer. It’s been the great revealer, pulling the curtain back on the class divide and exposing how deeply unequal this country is.”
Recently, the Committee on World Food Security’s High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition explained:
The crisis is “already affecting food systems directly through impacts on food supply and demand, and indirectly—but just as importantly—through decreases in purchasing power, the capacity to produce and distribute food, and the intensification of care tasks, all of which will have differentiated impacts and will more strongly affect the poor and vulnerable.”
By the end of 2020, this Coronavirus food crisis could double the number of persons who would face starvation, to 265 million.