01 Aug The Double Burden of COVID-19 and Food Insecurity in East Africa. By Elizabeth Adeyemo
The Double Burden of COVID-19 and Food Insecurity in East Africa
Countries in East Africa already face the burden of unstable economies, weak health systems, impoverishment, high occurrence of disease, and vulnerable livelihood. These impact their productivity, supply chains, and limits employments prospects. More than 33.1 million people in East and Central Africa are estimated to be food insecure, with more than 50% from Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan. This insecurity is further aggravated by the recent flooding and locust invasion and thrust people further into food insecurity. Yet, it doesn’t get better for the people of East Africa, as COVID-19 further compounds the burden of food insecurity and could destroy livelihoods, weaken the economies, and displace thousands.
COVID-19 has disrupted food supply chains, restricted movements, and limited food availability. It threatens the production of food and access to food. It could limit employment prospects and cause inflation of food prices. This threatens the livelihood of, especially poor and vulnerable groups.
It has been projected that the COVID-19 pandemic could result in acute hunger in the nearest future and an increased number of deaths by the end of the year. Incomes, livelihoods, and food security are expected to decline significantly.
Humanitarian services as well as assistance from donors and key actors is needed to render services and assistance to those in need. Hunger Reduction International is working passionately and relentlessly to alleviate poverty and food insecurity in Somalia by using a two-pronged approach. We have implemented several successful projects across Somalia and desire to do more to change the narrative in Somalia. For more information and donation, check https://hungerreductioninternational.org/donate/
Source: Relief Web