COVID-19, FOOD ACCESS, AND SOCIAL UPHEAVAL

Author
Ida Rudolfsen
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Political Violence @ A Glance
Abstract
According to the World Food Program’s (WFP) latest report, the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to an 82 percent increase in global food insecurity, affecting around 270 million people by the end of the year. On June 29, the organization announced it is undertaking its largest humanitarian effort to assist an increasing number of food-insecure low- and middle-income countries. In a statement about the plan, WFP Executive Director David Beasley said that “until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos. Without it, we could see increased social unrest and protests, a rise in migration, deepening conflict, and widespread under-nutrition among populations that were previously immune from hunger.”
Topic
Food, Food Security, Hunger, Pandemic, COVID-19, World Food Program (WFP)
Political Geography
Global Focus