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Covid-19 is putting the world’s poorest people at risk of a catastrophic food crisis

Concern Worldwide: Ending Extreme Poverty, Whatever It Takes
Concern Worldwide: Ending Extreme Poverty, Whatever It Takes

The Head of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, has said that urgent action is needed to prevent Covid-19 pushing the number of people suffering from hunger worldwide from 135 million to 265 million. In response, Danny Harvey, Executive Director of Concern, said:

“Even before the pandemic, many of the countries we work in have been overwhelmed by severe food shortages. In East Africa prolonged droughts, widespread flooding and the current locust infestation have left millions facing extreme hunger and malnutrition. Add in the immediate and longer term health and economic impact of Covid-19 and we will see these fragile communities pushed over the edge with catastrophic consequences.

At Concern we’re motivated by a belief that no one should be left behind. We must act now and work collectively with donors, governments and our expert teams who are on the ground to make sure that the Covid-19 pandemic does not cause suffering for communities already on the brink. Funding is needed now to reach those who need it as quickly as possible.”


For media queries contact Hannah Myerson, Senior Communications Officer at [email protected]

Kona* a Concern programme participant washing her hands as a preventative measure to the spread of COVID-19 Photo: AKM Jakaria / Concern Worldwide

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