United Nations chief Antonio Guterres warned that about 49 million more people are likely to fall into extreme poverty this year due to the COVID-19 crisis and every percent drop in global GDP. Urged countries to take immediate action to ensure global food security.
General Secretary Guterres warned that unless immediate action is taken, it is increasingly clear that there is an imminent global food emergency that could have long-term effects on hundreds of millions of children and adults.
“There is enough food in the world to feed our population of 7.8 billion people. But, today, more than 820 million people are hungry. And 144 million children under the age of 5 are implicated, more than 1 in 5. Children. Around the world. Our food systems are failing, and the COVID-19 epidemic is making things worse, “Guterres said at the brief launch of the policy on food security on Tuesday.
“This year, some 49 million additional people may fall into extreme poverty due to the COVID-19 crisis. The number of people who are spicy or nutritionally insecure will expand rapidly. Every percent drop in global GDP (GDP) Means. Children with an additional 0.7 million studs, “he said, adding that even in countries with abundant food, there are risks of food supply chain disruptions.
Guterres reiterated the need to “act now” to avoid the worst effects of global efforts to control the epidemic.
Briefly launching the policy on COVID-19’s impact on food security and nutrition, Guterres said that nations must mobilize to save lives and livelihoods, focusing where the risk is most acute.
“This means necessarily designating food and nutrition services, while implementing appropriate protections for food workers.”
Guterres emphasized the need to preserve humanitarian food, livelihoods and nutritional support important to sensitive groups and to strengthen the status of food and social security systems in food-crisis countries.
“Countries need to increase support for food processing, transportation and local food markets, and they must keep trade corridors open to ensure the continued functioning of food systems,” he said. Relief and stimulus packages should reach the most. Including meeting the liquidity needs of vulnerable, small-scale food producers and rural businesses.
In addition, Guterres called on nations to strengthen social security systems for nutrition, in particular protecting young children, pregnant and lactating women, access to safe, nutritious foods for older people and nutritional related At-risk groups, to adapt and expand social security schemes to benefit nature. Supporting children who no longer have access to school meals.
Looking beyond the epidemic, the Secretary-General called for changing food systems to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable world.
“We cannot forget that the food system contributes up to 29 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, including 44 percent methane, and is having a negative impact on biodiversity.”
Guterres urged countries to build food systems that meet the needs of both producers and workers, and to eradicate hunger by ensuring more people have access to healthy, nutritious food.