As deaths caused by coronavirus covid-19 around the world continue to rise, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the world faces a possible “hunger pandemic” and the number of people in need of food could almost double by the end of this year. The world is now going through hunger emergency, experts say. The number of people facing acute hunger will be around 265 million by the this year end.
“Before the coronavirus even became an issue, I was saying that 2020 would be facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two for a number of reasons,” David Beasley (WFP executive director) said.
The Top five countries mostly at risk of Hunger Pandemic in 2020
Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world, even before the war in Yemen. They reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus earlier this month. The aid agencies already warn that the disease could quickly overwhelm the country’s weakened health systems. It would halve aid to Houthi-controlled areas, over concerns voiced by some countries that the rebels were obstructing aid deliveries, said by WFP earlier this month.
2. DR Congo (DRC)
The DRC is the world’s second-largest hunger crisis country, according to the WFP. It has 5 million internally displaced people and over half a million refugees from neighbouring countries.
More than 15% of the country’s population are classed as “severely food insecure” – meaning that they are among 30 million people in war zones around the world who are almost completely dependent on aid. Almost $2bn is needed to secure the food supply for these populations in next three months alone, Mr Husain said.
Although Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, hyperinflation in the country reached 200% in January last year, leaving a third of its people in need of assistance. Venezuela’s hunger has not been caused by conflict or environmental factors, but rather by economic hardship.
Around 4.8 million people (or 15% of the population) have left Venezuela in recent years and hundreds of thousands of these migrants are facing food insecurity in neighboring countries.
4. South Sudan
To end a long-running civil war, its the world’s youngest country gained independence from its northern neighbour, Sudan, in 2011. But the country descended into violent conflict after just two years. The WFP warns that hunger and malnutrition in South Sudan are at the most extreme levels since 2011, with almost 60% of the population struggling to find food every day. The country has now recorded four cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“If Covid[-19] was not a story right now, desert locusts would be the biggest story,” according to Mr Husain.
Over 11 million people are classified as severely food insecure, as per WFP. Eighteen years later more than half of the population lives below the poverty line. Now according to Afghan government there have been over 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. There are also fears that the virus could have spread after more than 150,000 Afghans returned from virus-stricken Iran during March, while tens of thousands of others returned from Pakistan.
The problem will be made worse by similar economic pressures in countries across the world, meaning that remittances, or money being sent back from relatives abroad, will fall in these countries.
“The most important thing is an affordable treatment which must be available to everyone across the world,” Mr Husain said. “But until we get to that point, we need to make sure we do everything in our power to save lives and protect livelihoods.”
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