“[F]ood insecurity issues are not limited to Africa and Latin America. In the United States, more than one in six adults was food insecure only two months into the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.”
Global food shortages will leave more Americans hungry, analysts predict
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National File – As government restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have now been largely in place globally for most of 2020, international organizations are sounding the alarm that global starvation may be on the horizon due to food shortages and economic disruptions.
In Africa, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development warns that the continent suffers a new threat to food security: COVID-19. The continent, which imported 85% of its food in 2018, is facing a crisis as the costs of food skyrocket worldwide due to economic disruptions from the pandemic.
Elsewhere, in Latin America and the Caribbean, a collection of United Nations agencies is warning of rising hunger in a region already struck by food insecurity and right on the United States’ doorstep. The agencies warned:
The agencies said the pandemic follows seven years of slow economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean and could result in the biggest drop in regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in a century; a decline of -5.3 percent.
This will push an additional 16 million more people into extreme poverty this year, in a region where nearly 54 million people were already experiencing severe food insecurity.
COVID-19 is also affecting food systems, with domestic food prices rising higher than other basic items. Increased unemployment means millions are unable to buy enough to eat … Read more.
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