The UN has said that COVID 19 could lead to starvation in West Africa

MOSCOW, 28 APR – RIA Novosti. The worsening of the situation with coronavirus can lead to an increase in the number of hungry people in West Africa with 50 million people, said the coordinator of the Food and agriculture organization (FAO) on issues of resilience for the region Kumba Sow.

In an interview on the website of FAO SDA has noted the very adverse developments in the region: its people long suffering from hunger, climate change, invasions of locusts and armed conflict. As of April, in West Africa starving about 11 million people. If you do not take drastic measures in the summer, this figure could rise to 17 million, said the JMA.

She noted that further deterioration of the situation with coronavirus will lead to higher prices for food and depletion of food stocks. “In the case of aggravation of the pandemic, the food crisis may affect 50 million people in the region,” said SOU. She added that in the first place, the crisis will affect the most vulnerable groups – children and women, as well as nomadic pastoralists and farmers.

the JMA said that the priority of FAO in this situation is to maintain the emergency response: the organization intends to help those affected by COVID-19 households to provide social protection in the offseason and to support the work of markets and “chains of commercial value”.

According to recent reports, countries in West Africa there are about 8 thousand infected with a coronavirus. Died 205 people.

the world health organization on 11 March announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest who data, there have been recorded more than 2.8 million cases of infection, over 198 thousand people died.

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