PARIS | The number of people on the edge of hunger is likely to double by 2020 due to the pandemic of sars coronavirus, according to a projection by the world food programme (WFP) announced on Tuesday.
“The number of people suffering severely from hunger could double because of the pandemic of the COVID-19, reaching more than 250 million by the end of 2020 “, has informed the agency of the united nations, which also contributed to Tuesday a report on the food crises.
According to this report, the number of people on the edge of hunger has increased significantly in 2019, up from 113 to 135 million people, due to conflicts, climate issues, and economic shocks.
But for 2020, it is an explosion of the number that is on the horizon, which would increase from 135 to 265 million people, due to the economic impact caused by the pandemic, according to a projection of the WFP, announced in the wake of the publication of the report.
“People who were in need of assistance are going to need more help for a long time and new people will find themselves in a situation of food insecurity due to the Covid-19 “, said to AFP Arif Husain, chief economist at the WFP, author of the study and co-author of the report presented Tuesday.
“This Covid could not have come at a worse time “, he believed, then, that the situation was already deteriorating.
Each day, he recalled, ” about 21,000 people die worldwide of causes related to hunger “, before prevent. “This is the usual situation in the world prior to the pandemic “.