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Pandemic of hunger

Hunger linked to COVID-19 could be killing 12,000 people every day by the end of the year, according to Oxfam.

Among the reasons are: COVID-related unemployment, travel restrictions, illness among farmers, and reductions in humanitarian aid.

The July Oxfam report says the COVID hunger death toll is ‘potentially more than will die from the disease itself’.

The Oxfam report calls on governments to: fully fund the UN’s COVID-19 humanitarian appeal; expand debt cancellation; support the UN’s call for a global ceasefire; and ‘co-ordinate measures to put fairer, gender-just, resilient and sustainable food systems at the heart of the post-pandemic recovery’.

Topics: COVID-19