The United Nations (UN) has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause widespread famines of “biblical proportions” and result in an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.
The global organisation says the number of people without adequate food could double by the end of the year – which translates to 250 million people.
Reports indicate that 21 000 people already die of hunger every day, and the number could go up if no help is forthcoming.
The lockdowns that have been adopted by most governments across the world have limited people’s access to food supplies and incomes have dried up.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has urged donor nations to pay $1.9bn of already-pledged commitments.