COVID-19 and Food Insecurity. Contributed column penned by STAR Fellow Dr. Purna B. Nepali
According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation, about 113 million people worldwide were suffering from severe acute food insecurity even before the COVID-19 crisis started.
The United Nations World Food Programme estimates about 265 million people worldwide could face acute food insecurity by the end of 2020. These depressing figures are more likely to increase as disruptions in agricultural production, supply and labour market do not show any sign of returning to normalcy soon.
Nepal too is not spared from the current crisis, and currently in its 66 days of nationwide lockdown, about one sixth of the population (4.9 million) people are food insecure, and the corona crisis can significantly increase this proportion.
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