FAO releases list of countries heading for food crisis amid Covid -19 pandemic

FAO releases list of countries heading for food crisis amid Covid -19 pandemic

- Covid-19 is pushing some countries into food crises, a report by FAO and WFP have revealed

- Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia, Mali, and Niger are some of the countries listed in the report

- The report warned that in the coming months, there would be rising numbers of people pushed into acute hunger as a result of the Covid-19 effects

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As the world faces the coronavirus pandemic, a new analysis by the United Nation’s (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed 27 countries that may be heading for impending food crises.

The analysis warned that in the coming months, there would be rising numbers of people pushed into acute hunger as a result of the Covid-19 effects, The Guardian reports.

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Some of the countries listed in the analysis include:

1. Afghanistan

2. Bangladesh

3. Haiti

4. Venezuela

5. Iraq

6. Lebanon

7. Sudan

8. Syria

9. Burkina Faso

10. Cameroon

11. Liberia

12. Mali

13. Niger

14. Nigeria

15. Mozambique

16. Sierra Leone

17. Zimbabwe

FAO releases list of countries heading for food crisis amid Covid -19 pandemic

FAO releases list of countries heading for food crisis amid Covid -19 pandemic. Photo Credit: Femi Adesina
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Speaking on the report, the director general of FAO, Qu Dongyu, said this could be the worst food crisis in generations, as these countries were already grappling with high levels of food insecurity, and acute hunger even before COVID-19.

According to him, the impact of the pandemic aggravated pre-existing drivers of hunger such as economic crises, instability, insecurity, climate extremes, plant pests, and animal diseases.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria's former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, had warned against post-Covid-19 food crisis in Africa, urging governments in the continent to rise to the challenge.

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He spoke at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library lake pond, Abeokuta, Ogun state, where he recently flagged off a fish farming project.

About 50,000 pieces of sub-adult fish in both Catfish and Tilapia species were released for acclimatization and subsequent growth inside the lake pond, located directly opposite the main library.

Obasanjo who was visibly elated by the new farm said the idea came from his thinking out of the box, "as what is next after the novel pandemic coronavirus in the world, will be a food crisis in Africa."

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