Hunger will kill us before Coronavirus
"Hunger will kill us before Coronavirus"
This has become a common phrase spoken worldwide by vulnerable communities, largely concentrated in South Asia and Africa. With coronavirus cases rising and parts of the world experiencing famine, mainly due to the worst locust outbreak in decades, already unstable food supply chains are being shaken. It has been recently estimated that one in two people are experiencing food insecurity worldwide.
Stampede in Kenya as slum residents gather for food aid. Photographer: Khalil Senosi/AP
Back in April, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) warned that Covid-19 will double the number of people suffering from food insecurity to 265 million ‘unless swift action is taken’. However, this no longer remains a warning and is the expected case for us by the end of 2020. For many countries, a second wave of Covid-19 is underway. This has led to growing concerns over food chains and hunger.