• Jun Park

The Crisis within a Crisis - Famine concerns

As the world is dealing with the global pandemic there is a new crisis in the horizon, famine. It is well known that during moments of crisis, it is those with less that suffer the most

As the number of infections in vulnerable countries grows – among populations who are already malnourished, weak and vulnerable to disease – a ‘crisis within a crisis could emerge.

Dominique Burgeon, Director of Emergency and Resilience Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

With just days earlier an op-ed by the Director-General of the FAO warned that the Coronavirus could worsen hunger in the world as supply chains on April 10th, today they are already being affected by the quarantines as disruptions have had in the logistics chain.

While the impact of the quarantines has forced many families in the developed world to stock up their pantries and eat in, and have students take e-learning, while the far contrast is seen in the developing world were many students have been left without school, and in some underdeveloped nations, that means leaving the student without their only daily meal.

The food chain is not without food, that is not the issue, it is the lack of transport of goods, not only of food, but also of peripheral products such as fertilizer or veterinary drugs. The fall of movement of goods as well as of the rising limitations in mobility due to the pandemic is aggravating the concern that this is already to start having ramification on future generations as child undernourishment becomes more prevalent.

In addition to this concern, we can not but wonder if the protective measures for farming workers as well as deeming them essential and critical staff will still need to reflect the pandemic situation of their respective country.

As we see the oil markets collapse, and now concerns of famine, we can only wonder whether it is time to start re-thinking the economy we had, and start building