Even before the global COVID-19 pandemic broke out, food insecurity was a serious concern throughout sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 239 million people in the region were undernourished as of 2018. Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, these chronic food crises have been driven by a variety of factors, including economic shocks, climate, and conflict. In Nigeria, the region's most populous country, the number of undernourished people was estimated at more than 25 million in 2018-up by 180 percent over the past decade.
According to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could increase the number of people at risk of a food insecurity and malnutrition from 17 million to 50 million people between June and August 2020. Hunger, not disease, could emerge as the biggest killer in this crisis. All over the world, families are struggling to feed their children - especially in the poorest countries. The United Nations (UN) is warning the world is on the brink of a famine with a Quarter of a Billion People staring starvation in the face!
New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation and partners have distributed food and relief materials to 550 families in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.
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