The coronavirus pandemic has worsened the hunger crisis and has put 130 million people at risk of starvation. Famines could impact “about three dozen countries” said the executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in an address on Tuesday.
Ten countries which were pointed out to be more susceptible to this risk of impoverishment included Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Nigeria and Haiti.
Even before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, food supplies in these aforementioned regions had been impacted by crop failures and locust swarms. Some of these regions were also affected by war and conflict.
With lockdowns in place due to the coronavirus, many low-income families worldwide have lost their jobs. If governments do not act fast, the consequences could be catastrophic.
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