Africa Center Warns, Food Insecurity Up 60-percent; Coronavirus Hit Pastors and Churches Hard

Kenyan believers organize food aid for distribution. (Photo courtesy AMG International)

The pandemic intensified global hunger last year, especially in Africa. According to a new report from the Africa Center, an academic institution within the U.S. Department of Defense established and funded by Congress, food insecurity rose by 60-percent in 2020.

Existing factors like conflict and governmental failure already made food hard to find in many African nations. Then, COVID-19 restrictions cut supply chains and increased food prices.

“The effect is significant across the board anywhere there are poor people [because] poor people are spending a greater portion of their income on food,” AMG International President Tasos Ioannides explains.

When most of a paycheck goes toward purchasing food, there’s not enough left to buy other essentials.

“The people who are disproportionately affected are the poorer people, especially in places where they are depending [on] a day’s wages to survive,” Ioannides reiterates.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to provide continuous supplies for families impacted by COVID-19.
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