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The United Nations Warned: The world is on the verge of the worst food crisis in 50 years

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The United Nations Warned: The world is on the verge of the worst food crisis in 50 years

2020年8月4日

Recently, a report published by the United Nations once again sounded the alarm for all countries. According to data from the US Department of Agriculture, approximately 11% of American households are already in a state of “food insecurity” in 2018. A recent study in the United States showed that in some states in the United States, nearly half of the respondents reported that the COVID-19 threatened food safety. The spread of the COVID-19 has also put tremendous pressure on the global food supply chain. In order to protect themselves, some grain exporting countries have introduced policies to restrict or even prohibit grain exports. Vietnam took the lead in announcing the cessation of rice exports; rice exporting country India also stalled because of the “closed country”, and wheat exporting country Russia also subsequently restricted sales. In addition, severe locust plagues are also threatening some countries in Africa and South Asia. Some Indian scholars predict that the locust plague may reduce food production by 30%-50%. For Pakistan, which is already fighting against food insecurity, the locust plague is even more deadly.

A report jointly issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Program and other institutions shows that the COVID-19 may cause a substantial increase in the number of hungry people in the world in 2020. There will be 130 million more hungry people this year, and 690 million people in the world will be hungry. The United Nations research report issued a warning that a total of 25 countries are facing severe hunger risk this year, and the world is on the verge of the worst food crisis in at least 50 years.

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