UN warns of global food emergency amid coronavirus pandemic

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More than 200 diseases are spread through food, millions of people suffer from various diseases and even lose their lives every year due to unsafe food, UN Chief
More than 200 diseases are spread through food, millions of people suffer from various diseases and even lose their lives every year due to unsafe food, UN Chief.

PESHAWAR: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that more then 820 million people don’t get enough food as the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the food supply chains around the world.

However, Guterres said the global food production has increased significantly over the past 50 years, and there is also enough food available to feed everyone but the food system is failing and the pandemic is making things worse.

Addressing the policy briefing on “the effects of coronavirus on food security and nutrition,” he said that according to statistics, more than 820 million people in the world are unable to get proper food and about 2 billion people are malnourished. “More than 200 diseases are spread through food, millions of people suffer from various diseases and even lose their lives every year due to unsafe food,” the UN chief lamented.

He added that one third of the world’s food use to spoil or wasted and more than one-fifth of children were suffering from malnutrition and their physical development was slowing down. “Millions of people will fall into poverty, so immediate steps must be taken to tackle the global food crisis and save the poorest and most vulnerable from starvation,” He urged.

The UN Chief called on the international community to mobilize for the protection of life and property, strengthen the system of food security for the weak and vulnerable population and invest in more comprehensive and green food system in the future.

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