Intergovernmental organization United Nations (UN) has created a new alliance to prevent COVID-19 food crisis. The food coalition was proposed by Italy and led by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
According to the State of Food Security and Nutrition 2020 Report more than 690 million (69 Crores) people went hungry in 2019. The pandemic is to add 130 million (13 Crores) more into chronic hunger by the end of 2020. In order to reduce the catastrophe, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has launched Food Coalition.
Food coalition was inaugurated by the Guiseppe Conte Prime Minister of Italy and Netherlands Deputy PM Hugo de Jonge. Both Italy and Netherlands have agreed to deliver the financial resources and technical support to the Food coalition. Italy has initially contributed $1.2 million.
The new UN alliance will work as a network to support measures to increase resilience of agricultural food system and ensure food access. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization Food Price Index, the food prices are rising for the 5th successive month. Therefore, it is essential to address global hunger issues. Apart from hunger, malnutrition and undernourishment problems should also be solved. According to Food and Agriculture Organization, around 132 million (13.2 Crores) people will become undernourished due to CORONAVIRUS and the price rise created by the pandemic.
Features of the Coalition
- Food coalition work to frame solution-oriented plans and programmes
- The Food coalition will mobilise resources, innovation and expertise
- To expand international partnership and cooperation for a longer term impact.
- Food coalition advocate for coordinated COVID-19 response
- To promote and exchange knowledge and expertise among countries
How will the Coalition work?
The Coalition will support existing and future efforts to overcome the COVID-19 disruptive impacts and help countries get back on track to achieve the United Nations’s SDG by 2030, particularly its goal of ending hunger and poverty.
The United Nations alliance includes a devoted trust fund and a web page that will allow the participants to access a range of project-focused information and data, as well as the funding needed for on-the-ground projects.
Hunger in India
According to Global Hunger Index 2020, India ranked 94 out of 107 countries. With a score of 27.2, India has a high level of hunger issue. The Global Hunger index released by UN also said that the world is not in track to achieve the second Sustainable Development Goal called Goal 2 (Zero Hunger). UN launches Food Coalition UN launches Food Coalition