Latin America tripled food insecurity in 2020

Latin America has tripled its severe food insecurity rates in 2020, compared to the previous year, since as many as 10 million people are currently affected by this scourge, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Action Against Hunger warned.

In its most recent report, the organization pointed out that such a situation raises alerts about the shortage of social safety networks in the region to ease the Covid-19 impact.

It added that the Covid-19 led about 10 million people to a severe food insecurity situation, nearly tripling 2019´s figure, according to UN´s statistics.

The text specified that Latin America registered last year the world´s largest increased food insecurity, a scenario that really showed how the lack of policies and protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable built direct bridges between Covid-19 and hunger.

It also specified that the pandemic generated 45 million of poor people in the region, nearly a third of coronavirus infections in the world, despite of having less than 10% of the world’s population.