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22nd April 2020
Covid-19 Human Rights

Global Report on Food Crises: EU and other organisations warn of impact of COVID-19

The European Union, Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Food Programme jointly launched the Global Network Against Food Crisis in 2016. That Global Network, facilitated by the  Food Security Information Network, has drawn up its fourth global report on food crises in 2019. It is the result of consensus and analysis involving 16 international humanitarian and development partners, including the EU.

The report finds that at the end of 2019, 135 million people experienced acute food insecurity – an inability to consume adequate food putting their lives or livelihoods in immediate danger (and more severe than chronic hunger), caused by conflict, weather extremes and economic turbulence. A further 183 million people were classified in a category at risk of slipping into crisis or worse if faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development recalls in this context that on 8 April, the EU announced it would be spending 20 billion euros as a global COVID-19 response. European Commissioner for Crisis Management, in charge of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, states that this report should be used as guidance and a call to action in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in terms of food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

The EU has a partnership agreement with the UN Food Agriculture Organization, signed on 25 September 2018, under the framework of which it can contribute to the Global Network to promote sustainable solutions to food crises, having previously operated under that agreement to take concrete and concerted steps to mitigate food crises and avert famine in northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. The Partnership Agreement builds on previous successful EU-FAO partnerships and interventions

For more information about the Food Crises Report, read this press release.

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