Most Africans Will Go Hungry in Lockdown
265 Million People Will Suffer Starvation Globally In 2020
According to the recent survey held in 20 countries in Africa indicated that most Africans will go hungry in lockdown, which is scheduled for 14 days due to a shortage of food and water. Most of the people said that they would run out of money as they earn daily wages. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Africa has conducted thorough research to help the government plan out the most proactive way to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. If the procedure for the preventive measure is not followed, it could increase the risk of restlessness and even violence.
COVID-19 in African countries
The coronavirus outbreak across the world has brought hunger and poverty to millions of individuals worldwide due to the result of nationwide lockdowns and implementation of social distancing measures. Recently as the coronavirus has been diagnosed in multiple African countries, strict actions are being taken by the government of the region due to which most Africans will go hungry in lockdown.
Along with drying up of multiple businesses and incomes of the public, there is a major disruption in the agricultural sector and supply routes, leaving major concern regarding food due to which most Africans will go hungry in lockdown, which has been scheduled to be implemented for 14 days.
Even though coronavirus is acting as an equalizer, affecting both rich and poor sections of the area, but when it comes to food rations, rich people are likely to be less prone to hunger as compared to the poor population of the continent. Most Africans will go hungry in lockdown along with facing the prospect of starvation due to the limited number of food rations available in the region.
Food shortage across the world
Across the World, 135 million individuals are already facing an acute food shortage, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 130 million more people are severely affected by hunger this year. It is estimated that by the end of the year 2020, 265 million people could be pushed to the edge of hunger and starvation.
This is not the first time the world is experiencing a food shortage, as multiple regions have previously suffered from the same incident due to multiple factors including weather, wars, political instability, and economic recessions but not at the same time.
According to the experts, the current global hunger crisis is caused by multiple factors which are interlinked with the coronavirus pandemic and interrupting the economic stability across the world. This sudden loss of income for millions of people across the world, who were already living on a day to day wages is presenting multiple problems in those countries who are previously suffering from poverty, including most Africans will go hungry in lockdown.
Some of the factors which are directly affecting the hunger crisis across the world include a major decrease in crude oil pricing, reduction in revenue generated from tourism, little to no amount of money to send home by overseas workers, sever climatic change like wildfires, increasing violent activities, dislocation of large groups of people due to ongoing wars and several other humanitarian crises.
As most Africans will go hungry in lockdown of 14 days, multiple protests and looting has begun in various areas due to the frustrations of the general population as they are worried about food shortage. As all educational sectors have closed their buildings amid coronavirus pandemic, over 368 million children have lost the privilege of having a nutritious meal and snacks they usually receive during their time in school.
The logistical problems of plantation, harvesting, and transportation of food will make the poor countries vulnerable in the upcoming months as the process of production, distribution, and retail are done by laborers in poor and developing countries, as compared to fully automated and organized systems in developed countries.