World Food Programme Calls for a Stable Food Supply Chain

Arif Husain, Chief Economist & Director of Research, World Food Programme

A top World Food Programme leader has called for a stable commercial food supply chain so that humanitarian food aid can be delivered normally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite some progress, 270 million people are acutely hungry in the world, and there are about 3.1 million children under five who die from preventable causes every year, said Arif Husain, Chief Economist and Director of Research at the World Food Programme (WFP). A combination of factors including regional conflicts, declining currency values, rising debts, and broken food systems in low-income countries has contributed to the hunger. On top of that is the pandemic.

“We have been in a bad situation, in rising hunger situation, despite our resolve to get to zero hunger by 2030,” Husain said in a keynote speech to the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit last week. The COVID-19 pandemic “has made a situation which was already so bad even worse.”

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