The UN Warns That The Covid-19 Pandemic Will Worsen The World's Food Crisis
The unstable situation with the provision of food in the world was in full swing in 2019, and the crisis with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will further contribute to the deterioration of the situation in this area, Western media reported on Tuesday, citing a UN study.
The report, compiled by the Food and agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the world food program, is based on data collected before the start of the pandemic, but its authors warned of increasing problems due to COVID-19.
"(Many millions of people) are most vulnerable to the consequences of this pandemic, because they have very limited capacity to cope with the health and socio-economic consequences of this shock, or these opportunities do not exist at all," the media quoted the authors of the report as saying.
According to the report, before the pandemic, 135 million people in 55 countries were either already living in a situation of an acute food crisis or a humanitarian emergency.
At the same time, until 2019, there was an increase in the number of people facing food insecurity due to armed conflicts, economic problems and natural phenomena such as drought.
The report also says that another 183 million people face the prospect of becoming at risk in the food supply sector if this category of the World's population "faces an additional shock or stress factor."
The report is expected to be presented to the UN Security Council later on Tuesday, the media added.