Heifer International issues report: Confronting COVID-19
“We’re on a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities”
The novel coronavirus has disrupted nearly every facet of life around the globe. Economies are depressed, supply chains are interrupted, and lives are upended by lockdowns, travel bans and general uncertainty.
For the world’s poorest and most marginalized, the situation is growing more dire by the day. A preliminary assessment by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic may add between 83 and 132 million people to the total number of undernourished in the world in 2020…
Despite setbacks, we are helping ensure participants in our programs have the resources to adapt and innovate in the face of the pandemic so they can provide for their families, continue the essential work of providing food for communities and build lasting food systems to address the new normal.
COVID-19’s Impact on smallholder farmers
1. REDUCED MARKET ACCESS
2. FALLING DEMAND
3. INCREASED COST AND REDUCED AVAILABILITY OF INPUTS
4. BREAKING OR BROKEN SUPPLY CHAINS
5. THREAT OF A ‘HUNGER PANDEMIC’
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