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UN Secretary General warns of food shortages due to COVID-19 pandemic


The novel coronavirus pandemic is threatening with a global food emergency in the world, said UN Secretary General António Guterres. According to him, it will have long-term consequences for “hundreds of millions” of children and adults.

“Although there is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone, more than 820 million people still do not get enough food, and undoubtedly their number will increase. About 144 million children under the age of five have stunted growth. This means that they are too small for their age, mainly due to malnutrition,” said Mr. Guterres. According to him, the food chain is disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, so 50 million people will be in extreme poverty. According to the UN Secretary General, this and other serious consequences of the crisis can be avoided if countries act immediately to strengthen global food security.

Recall, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), world food prices in May fell to their lowest level since December 2018. The price index amounted to 162.5 points, which is 3.1 points less than in April (1.9%). Using the food price index, changes in the value of the most widely traded commodities: meat, sugar, milk, etc. are tracked. Food prices have been declining for the fourth month in a row. The organization notes that this happened “due to the stable stock situation and weakening demand due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

source: un.org