The forgotten crisis

In the next six months, more than 265 million people will suffer acute hunger globally (data from the World Food Programme). The previous projection for 2020 is about 135 million people. However, less than 2 months after, due to the impact of COVID 19, the number nearly doubles. COVID 19 creates global economic shock, disrupts trade, supply chain, and short term food price fluctuation.

Acute hunger can threaten lives, livelihood, or both. It also means stunted children.

This is not a new crisis. It has been there all along. However, it hasn’t received the same level of attention as COVID 19. Perhaps because it is happening in low and middle-income countries like countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Out of sight, out of mind.

While many of us are facing hardship, a donation of $45.9 can feed a child for 3 months so Donate now.

Rebecca cooks for her family Mashonaland Central Province of Zimbabwe
Rebecca cooks for her family, while her children play in the background. She usually skips meals so she can feed all five of them. Photo: WFP/Claire Nevill
Mozambique: Recipients of food assistance are divided into smaller groups and asked to stay 1.5 metres apart. Photo: WFP/Rafael Campos
Mozambique: Recipients of food assistance are divided into smaller groups and asked to stay 1.5 metres apart. Photo: WFP/Rafael Campos
Afghanistan A woman receives cash assistance — from a safe distance.
Afghanistan A woman receives cash assistance — from a safe distance. Photo: WFP/Nafisa Reshtin

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