The number of people facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million due to the economic fallout of COVID-19.
The impact of lost tourism revenues, falling remittances and travel and other restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic are expected to leave some 130 million people acutely hungry this year, adding to around 135 million already in that category.
We all need to come together to fight against this crisis.
It was critical to act quickly in order to prevent people already living hand-to-mouth, such as food vendors in Kenya, from selling their assets as it could take them years to become self-reliant again.
In some cases, such as when farmers sell their ploughs or oxen, it could have knock-on effects for food production for years to come.
These were the people we were concerned about – those who were well off before COVID-19 and now they are in a position of Hand to Mouth.People are living in countries with little or no government safety nets.
Of those already deemed acutely hungry, many are in conflict zones such as Syria or in countries badly hit by the impact of climate change.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, desert locusts in east Africa had destroyed crops and boosted the number of people reliant on food aid.