UN Report Warns Number Of People Facing Hunger Could Nearly Double This Year

Volunteers distribute food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to needy families at a drive through event on April 17, 2020 at the New Jerusalem Church in Kissimmee, Florida. Food banks across the Un... Volunteers distribute food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to needy families at a drive through event on April 17, 2020 at the New Jerusalem Church in Kissimmee, Florida. Food banks across the United States are experiencing a surge in demand as unemployment numbers increase due to layoffs caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 21, 2020 9:19 a.m.
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JOHANNESBURG — The U.N. World Food Program says the number of people with acute hunger could almost double this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A new report says 265 million people could face food insecurity by the end of this year, a jump of 130 million. WFP senior economist Arif Husain says in a statement that virus-related lockowns and the global economic recession have already “decimated” the savings of millions in low- and middle-income nations.

The WFP says the 10 countries with the worst food crises last year were Yemen, Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and Haiti.

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