The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the risk of multiple famines breaking out, driven by conflict, climate change and inequality, and a ‘hunger pandemic’ could become a reality for more than 41 million people.
Currently 584,000 people are experiencing famine-like conditions in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen and there is also concern for Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
Hundreds of aid organizations around the world have called on world leaders to take action as the fight against the pandemic has left them even further behind.
How can international organizations like the UN have a meaningful impact on preventing further famines?
Will access to vaccines reduce the threat of a ‘hunger pandemic’?
What measures has the WFP taken to bring attention to this global emergency?
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.