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The pandemic could leave more than 80 million people in extreme poverty in Latin America

June 16, 2020

The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic could leave more than 80 million people in extreme poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean by the end of 2020, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned on Tuesday. (FAO) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in a report.

“As a result of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the population could reach 83.4 million people in extreme poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020, which would mean a significant increase in hunger due to the difficulties these people face Will face access to food, “the two UN agencies said in a statement.

FAO and ECLAC anticipate that the American subcontinent “could see the largest decline in regional GDP in a century (-5.3%), which will result in an increase in extreme poverty of 16 million people in 2020 compared to the year previously a total of 83.4 million. “In particular, they predicted that” the effects on hunger will be very significant “, since according to data from 2016-2018 53.7 million people are already affected by food insecurity.

The pandemic could leave more than 80 million people in extreme poverty in Latin AmericaThe pandemic could leave more than 80 million people in extreme poverty in Latin America

“The impact of the crisis is already visible in the food systems,” they said, explaining that the rise in unemployment and the associated drop in income have contributed to “internal food prices rising faster than the prices of other basic basket products” ( Shopping basket) has resulted in “millions of people not being able to buy enough food and many others choosing cheaper food with lower nutritional quality”.