The “hunger pandemic” in Latin America as a consequence of the coronavirus. 59.7 million people are hungry

Four out of every ten people living in the region’s countries are not adequately fed and nearly one in ten suffer from hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) latest report on the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, released Wednesday.

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Latin America. The largest number of people who have been starving for 20 years in the region – as many as 59.7 million people

The number of people starving in the region, which has been growing for the sixth year, increased by as much as 30% in 2020. Currently, 59.7 million people in Latin America are starving – the most in 20 years.

Last year, 9.1 percent suffered from hunger. inhabitants of Latin America, while before the pandemic, in 2019 -7.1 percent. This means that the number of people affected by famine or severe malnutrition has increased by 13.8 million people. The region’s GDP decreased by 6.8% in 2020. “This is the biggest decline in 120 years,” says the FAO report.

“This fact has made Latin America the region of the world most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in terms of food security,” the Argentine daily El Clarin wrote on Thursday. “We have to say it emphatically and clearly: Latin America and the Caribbean are in a critical position in terms of their food security,” said Julio Berdegue, the region’s representative at FAO.

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The worst situation in Guatemala and Honduras

Countries where the greatest number of inhabitants suffer to various degrees of malnutrition are, inter alia, Guatemala – about 50 percent, Honduras – 47 percent and El Salvador – 46 percent

The fewest people go hungry in Brazil, Cuba and Uruguay. According to FAO data, in these three countries there are less than 2.5% starving people, which does not mean that there are also no “severe malnutrition” phenomena there.

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A special case among the largest economies of Latin America is Argentina ruled by the center-left, Peronist government, where as much as 35.8 percent is threatened with malnutrition or starvation. population. In 2021, inflation in Argentina reached 52 percent. compared to the previous year. It was the highest in 30 years and even higher than in Venezuela, while in other countries of the region it was single-digit.

As “El Clarin” writes, “the precarious food situation in Argentina hit women more than men: it affected 41.8% of Argentinean women and 32.2% of men, which is confirmed by the latest research of the Catholic University of Argentina ( UCA), one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America.

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