U.N. Agencies Release Food Security Report, Plan To Mitigate Food Security Emergency During Pandemic

IPS: Q&A: Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on Food Security and Nutrition
“While it is too early to assess the full impact of the global COVID-19 lockdowns, at least 83 million to 132 million more people may go hungry this year — 690 million people were classified as hungry in 2019 — as the pandemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems. This is according to the State of Food Security And Nutrition in the World 2020 report jointly launched by United Nations agencies this week…” (Sadeque, 7/15).

U.N. News: ‘Country-driven’ approach needed to limit COVID-19 damage to food security
“…FAO’s comprehensive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme aims to avert a global food emergency during and after the pandemic while simultaneously working on medium to long-term development responses for food security and nutrition. To provide a coordinated response that ensures access to nutritious food globally, resources and partnerships must be mobilized at country, regional, and global levels, requiring a $1.2 initial investment. The new program aims to mitigate the immediate impacts of the pandemic while strengthening the longer-term resilience of food systems and livelihoods…” (7/14).

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