FAO Has Named 27 Countries That Are At Risk Of A Food Crisis Due To The Pandemic
Experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with the World Food Programme (WFP), have identified almost 30 countries where the food security situation may significantly deteriorate due to the pandemic. As the press service of the organization with its headquarters in the Italian capital reported on Monday, the relevant data is contained in the latest joint report.
"As a result of the pandemic in 27 countries, the factors that already exist there will worsen, leading to famine," the report says. These countries include Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Asia, Haiti, and Venezuela and Central America, as well as Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Syria in the Middle East, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe in Africa.
At the same time, it is indicated that in Afghanistan, food prices have increased by almost 20% against the background of a decrease in the population's income due to the pandemic. In Bangladesh, the economic impact of the crisis could almost double the number of poor people. In African countries, the consequences of the pandemic are exacerbated by weather disasters and locust infestations, experts say.
To counter these trends, FAO has again announced an increase in necessary assistance to $428.5 million as part of the UN Global humanitarian response plan for the pandemic.
Earlier, FAO released a pandemic response and recovery Programme with seven key priorities. In particular, the adaptation of the Global plan is envisaged. To implement this program, the first stage will require $1.2 billion.
According to FAO forecasts, due to the consequences of the pandemic and the restrictive measures imposed in connection with it, the number of hungry people in the world may increase to 132 million. According to WFP estimates, this number threatens to be more than double. We are talking mainly about the vulnerable countries, the so-called hot spots of hunger.