IFAD and WEF - Protecting food security during COVID-19
29 May 2020
On Friday 29 May the World Economic Forum (WEF) and IFAD will host a special event and online briefing with leadership from IFAD and UN Goodwill Ambassadors for IFAD, Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba, on food security in times of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic could see more than a quarter of a billion people suffering from acute hunger by the end of the year, unless swift action is taken to ensure food supply chains keep running.
The arrival of the novel coronavirus has exacerbated what was already a huge global challenge. Before the pandemic, more than 820 million people were suffering from hunger, including 110 million who were living with acute food insecurity.
About 80 per cent of the world’s poorest and most food insecure people live in remote rural areas, many working in small-scale agriculture.
Restrictions on movement and trade mean that they cannot access markets, threatening both their lives and their livelihoods.
Concern is highest for those in countries across Africa and the Middle East as the virus threatens the agricultural and informal trading networks they rely on for survival.