SHIRLEY DE VILLIERS: Hunger looms thanks to Covid red tape and rigid supply lines
As a World Food Programme expert warns of ‘catastrophic’ hunger, Covid-19 is shining a light on the inefficiencies of our food supply systems – and our governments’ failings
One hundred and thirty-five million. That’s the number of people around the world who suffered from acute hunger at the end of last year – those whose lives and livelihoods were at risk because of a lack of food.
That was before Covid-19. Now, the number is set to almost double – that’s more than 260-million lives in danger this year. At least that’s what World Food Programme chief economist and director of research, assessment & monitoring Arif Husain says in this interview (https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/the-coronavirus-crisis-will-lead-to-catastrophic-hunger) with The New Yorker...