The planet under threat of a food crisis

Populations suffering from acute malnutrition are at risk of doubling worldwide.

A little girl in Madagascar, eating a food supplement distributed by NGOs. Illustrative photo.
A little girl in Madagascar, eating a food supplement distributed by NGOs. Illustrative photo. RIJASOLO / AFP

After the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, another “Humanitarian disaster” threatens the planet, recently alerted the United Nations. World hunger risks exploding as a result of the pandemic and its dire economic consequences. Border closures and containment measures are disrupting supply chains while massive job losses deprive millions of people of their livelihood. The IMF, which had targeted 3.3% global growth before the virus arrived, is now expecting a recession of around 3%.

Populations suffering from acute malnutrition risk doubling, reaching more than 250 million people at the end of the year, worry in a joint report published at the end of April the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Food Organization ( FAO). The situation was already very bad last year with the upsurge of conflicts, climatic upheavals, droughts and shocks

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