UN warns of COVID19-induced famine in Nigeria and other countries.

CNN reports that the executive director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, said famines could take hold in “about three dozen countries” in a worst-case scenario in a stark address on Tuesday.

He cited conflict, an economic recession, a decline in aid and a collapse in oil prices as factors likely to lead to vast food shortages, and urged swift action to avert disaster.

“While dealing with a Covid-19 pandemic, we are also on the brink of a hunger pandemic.There is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of Covid-19 than from the virus itself,” David Beasley told the UN’s security council.

The hunger is expected to affect about 135 million people in 10 countries that have already had a hunger crises in the past year.

Ten countries were singled out as particularly at-risk, after housing the worst food crises last year; Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Nigeria and Haiti.

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