$10B Needed to Avert COVID-19 Hunger Crisis, Experts Say
By Cornell Chronicle
Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, an additional $10 billion is urgently needed to prevent millions more people becoming food insecure, according to a new report by Cornell, the International Food Policy Research Institute and the International Institute for Sustainable Development as part of the Ceres2030 project. Half that amount must come from donor governments as aid, with the rest provided by developing countries.
The analysis uses data from and is published alongside the United Nations’ State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, which forecasts how many people will be pushed into hunger as a result of the pandemic unless action is taken. Modeling conducted by Ceres2030 found that $10 billion must be spent this year on top of existing social protection programs and government efforts to address the hunger and nutrition impacts of COVID-19.
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