UN Secretary-General warns of a global food emergency due to Corona-crisis

The Corona-pandemic keeps the world in breath. Already, more than 6.9 million people globally have become infected with the pathogen of Sars-CoV-2 – 184.629 of them in Germany. 400,000 people have already died in Corona.

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has a forthcoming "global Nahrungsmittelnotstand" warned. Hundreds of millions of people would have to bear the long-term consequences, "if we do not immediately handeln", Guterres said on Tuesday at the launch of a UN report. The Corona-crisis threatens to sharpen the already tense supply situation, said Guterres. "Our food systems are failing and the pandemic makes it even worse."

According to the report, 820 million people in Hunger, including 144 million children under the age of five – suffer from already every fifth child in this age. The Corona-crisis could push 49 million additional people into extreme poverty. The number of Hunger or food shortages, people at risk will increase quickly.

What is needed is a better protection for workers in the food industry, the delivery of humanitarian assistance as well as support for food prodzenten and traders are to avoid interruptions of supply chains, invited Guterres. In addition, more food would have to be launched programmes to provide children with school Lunches.

Already in April, the United Nations had warned that the number of people affected by Hunger could rise by the Corona pandemic by leaps and bounds.

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