The coronavirus pandemic will see more than a quarter of a billion people suffering acute hunger by the end of the year, according to new figures from the World Food Programme (WFP).
Latest numbers indicate the lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be under severe threat unless swift action is taken to tackle the pandemic, up from a current 135 million.
That is nearly double the number in the newly published Global Report on Food Crises 2020, which estimates that 135 million people in 55 countries currently face acute hunger as a result chiefly of conflict, the effects of climate change, and economic crises. That report was drawn up prior to the emergence of COVID-19 as a pandemic, and the contrasting figures provide a startling insight into the devastating potential of this virus.
Acknowledging the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on the feeding and livelihood sources of vulnerable Nigerians, Niger Delta Petroleum Resources (NDPR) in collaboration with Sparkle foundation carried out a palliative food drive for 500 identified vulnerable families in Oworonshoki waterside on Friday 29th May, 2020.
We are very grateful and we look forward to more impacts and collaborations.
“Risk of hunger pandemic as coronavirus set to almost double acute hunger by end of 2020.” – WFP