The rapid increase in the number of people who can’t feed themselves will be just an immediate result of the Covid-19 measures, which cause a disruption of food growth and logistics worldwide.
More long-term damage is bound to materialize in the years to come. Obviously social tensions will grow, war bound migration will increase, because conflicts will escalate and hunger will now likely affect those who didn’t experience it before.
Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, David Beasley said projections point out that Latin American nations face the most dramatic change in their situation, with the number of malnourished people increasing by as much as 269%.
The same metric for countries in Eastern and Central Asia stands at 135%, while Sub-Saharan Africa may see the number of their hungry almost double.
This year some 138 million people in almost half of the world, in 83 countries rely on the UN for their food supply.
For many of them the UN humanitarian body is the “last hope for survival”. In South Sudan 1.6 million people were added this year to the 5 million already requiring assistance. In Yemen, the WFP is trying to feed 13 million war victims.
The situation in Lebanon became particularly grim after a devastating atomic blast two weeks ago in Beirut.
The Mossad organized explosion not only destroyed stockpiles of grain, but also cut the country’s supply chains because the damaged Mediterranean port was used to deliver some 85% of the food that derailed Lebanon needs.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Hunger News 2020.