President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has recently released an op-ed that looks at the the impacts of COVID-19 on access to sufficient and nutritious food. In part it reads:
"Despite successful harvests this past season, two billion people did not have regular access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Indeed, hunger has been on the rise globally for the past four years.
Throughout its 74th session, the General Assembly prioritized hunger and poverty issues with a view to alleviating suffering, empowering farmers and food producers, and building resilient food systems."
You can read the full article here.
The closure of schools around the world due to COVID-19 risks having a major impact on the health and nutrition of school children. Key global stakeholders such as WFP (World Food Programme), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), and GCNF (Global Child Nutrition Foundation) are actively advocating Governments to continue providing nutrition to children despite school closures.
March 26th, 2020
Here in India though the number of cases [of COVID-19] as of now seems to be under control which I hope to be the case for the future as otherwise with such a huge population of 1.3 billion people things can get frightening.
In response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic the Private Sector Mechanism has penned a position paper which outlines what they believe will be the key aspects to watch as the situation continues.
It reads, in part "The global COVID pandemic has reminded everyone of the need to stay healthy and the primacy of access to food for food security. While the immediate problem has been access to food and the need for shelf stable foods, disruptions at borders and in supply chains may cause an echo in the food system with potentially disastrous effects."
You can read the full paper here.