The coronavirus pandemic will have “devastating” consequences in the coming months in the population of around 25 countries, most of which are African. This emerges from a report released on Friday by the World Food Program (WHO) and the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).
“Three months ago, before the UN Security Council, I told the world’s leading politicians that we were at risk of a biblical famine,” said David Beasley, executive director of the WFP, who found the data reveal this. “Since then, millions of the poorest families in the world have been forced to be even closer to the abyss.”
He said that “livelihoods are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate and their lives are now in immediate danger of starvation”. “Make no mistake, if we do not act now to end this pandemic of human suffering, many people will die,” he added.
Most of the affected countries are in Africa, although the warning also extends to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, which is why the WFP has announced that it will increase the provision of humanitarian aid to 138 million people, an unprecedented number Figure.