During the time of the quick spread of COVID-19, the whole world is facing severe problems while managing not only the economy but also the needs of the people, that of the ones who are currently not infected and also of the ones infected by the deadly COVID-19. Several sectors of the world are experiencing a huge and unfortunate setback. For instance, the medical, secondary, political, agricultural as well as the tertiary sectors- all are facing this miserable as well as unlucky situation.
Amidst the entire crisis, the food and nutrition sector is the worst struck. The number of people, who are unable to afford food of decent quality, shall increase at a swift rate. This has been brought into the light by the Secretary of the United Nations.
Mr. Antonio Guterres made the statement which said that even though the entire quantity of food in the world can easily be enough for the entire human population of 7.8 billion; the main problem is that at this very instant more than 820 million people stand without any access to food. Not only this, but also that almost 144 million of them are infants. And all of a sudden, due to the break out of the COVID-19, the food system has unbelievably failed to help out those in dire need of food.
Due to unemployment from the last 3-4 months, more than 49 million people from all over the world have joined the poverty-stricken strata. They cannot afford any food and, therefore, remain alive in the hope that the system might reach out to them to help them.
The percentage of the Gross Domestic Product is also falling, where a decrease in one percent means an increase in 0.7 million hungry children. The UN Secretary stated that several countries fail to provide food to the needy, even when the country has plenty of food. Therefore, it is high time that we start taking action towards the eradication of this fatal problem as this will prove to be the worst and deadliest of all the problems we are going to face after this pandemic gets over.
The UN Secretary has highlighted an issue that requires immediate attention from all of us and, thus, he has requested us all to save lives or our people. This can be done by taking action in those areas that are the worst hit by the food crises.
The Secretary also said that several services should be appointed regarding the supply of food. Not only this, but also that the food which is to be supplied should be protected and kept carefully in order to keep it safe for the ones in need, from the disease. When we will be able to start the implementation of services, only then we can safeguard the poverty-stricken ones for the betterment of humanity. This shall ultimately be the reason for the betterment of the economy of a country and also that of the system.
He has urged the authorities in every country to collect all the necessary data of the food available, which can be supplied and transported as well as delivered to the food markets so that it can become accessible for the people locally. Also, they are requested to keep a check on the quality of the packages of the food that is being supplied. Food must reach the ones who are in immediate need of it, also to the ones who are self-employed in their villages and also to the farmers.
He said that it is only us who can protect the weaker ones and take care of their nourishment.
Special food packages should be made especially for infants, children who cannot access the food provided at their schools, pregnant women, and also for older people- all of whom are at a very higher risk of catching the COVID-19 as compared to other age groups. The food which shall be provided to them must be kept away from the reach of common people so that it remains safe and edible. The authorities of every country must take special steps to put these groups that are at higher risk, safer. If needed, Special Forces must be brought into action to keep them safe, ultimately keeping the whole locality safe from COVID-19.
The Chief also highlighted the need for financing and funding in the future.
The UN Secretary finally concluded by saying that once we start taking the correct measures towards eradicating the food emergency, we shall be able to create a much better world where systems would not fail at the time of such unfortunate as well as sudden pandemics like the COVID-19.
He said that the problem of hunger is a severe one and requires help from authorities of every country where the ones in need cannot access any kind of food. Actions must be taken to eliminate such failures of the systems that are responsible for supplying food. Healthy, edible as well as nutritious food must be provided to the weaker sections.
The Chief said that due to such failures, the stability as well as equilibrium of the supply of food gets disastrously disturbed and tends to remain hindered for a long period. Therefore, the warning regarding the food emergency was to draw attention and build up a much better mechanism for the contribution towards a much finer world.
After we can tackle this problem, the Chief said that we must take action towards the greenhouse gas emissions that make up almost 29 percent of the food supply. This also constitutes 44 percent of the methane produced at the same instant. All these are highly responsible for the weakening of our natural resources, which are extremely vital for survival.
In the nutshell, the UN Secretary requested us all to become more serious about the steps we take regarding food supply. Once we watch out for this carefully, we shall be able to avoid the worst effects of the COVID-19.
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