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Rich countries lack funding to fight famine, putting the lives of more than 50 million people at risk in 7 countries in Africa and the Middle East, according to an Oxfam report.


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The threat of famine so far in the pandemic for Covid-19 it received few responses from richer countries, despite appeals from humanitarian agencies to provide food aid.

According to the report “Later is too late», Prepared by the organization Oxfam, 55.5 million people in 7 countries are on the brink of famine, but the funding requested from richer states has only reached 28% of the $ 10 billion requested for the United Nations Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19[female[feminine, released in March.

Of the two thousand 800 million collected until September, only 10.6% will go to Food Safety and 3.2% in nutrition. The rest will be distributed to fight gender-based violence, protection, health, water, sanitation and hygiene. This result was noted by the Oxfam as “indifference” from the international community.

Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Somalia, Afghanistan and South Sudan are the countries to which it seeks to allocate resources to fight hunger.

For its part, World Food Program of the UN, recently received the Nobel Peace Prize, reported on Monday that he was to raise $ 6.8 billion over the next six months to avoid famine, which he says will increase to 132 million people affected.

Another report from Oxfam published in July, it already warned that “between 6,000 and 12,000 people a day could die of hunger due to the social and economic repercussions of the pandemic before the end of the year”.

The food crisis The current situation is the result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, violent conflict, economic decline and natural disasters.

In this context, women and children constitute the most vulnerable group, as crises lead to an increase in the professional responsibilities of these people.

The repercussions of hunger

he hunger and the malnutrition Chronic consequences have lifelong consequences, such as more frequent illnesses, poor performance and dropping out of school, low productivity at work and lower income. According to Oxfam, statistically, these people are more likely to live in poverty.

The child malnutrition It affects not only those who suffer from it but the entire country because to attend it requires more investment in health care, the burden on the education system increases and the future workforce of the country will be less productive.

The organization insists that early intervention focused on preventing famine helps to break the cycle of poverty Yes hunger. Therefore, the organization is committed to investing in early warning systems that enable timely action to be taken. But its effectiveness will depend on immediate responses.

The Oxfam invites relevant stakeholders to:

  • Provide adequate levels of funding for food aid, which may be cash or commodities;
  • Support the appeal of the Secretary General of The United Nations, António Guterres, for a global ceasefire, which will break the links between conflict and hunger in order to facilitate access to humanitarian aid;
  • And increase investments in small-scale and agroecological food production so that producers can live it.

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