UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said that food systems across the world are failing and about 49 million people may fall into extreme poverty.
Increase in poverty and adversely affected agricultural systems due to desert locust crisis in African countries such as Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania have led to food security problems. Countries from Africa and the middle-east, which rely on trading networks for survival, would face acute hunger by the end of 2020, according to the World Food Programme.
Fluctuating rain and drought patterns had already affected the worldwide agricultural outcome in 2019. Similar food crisis reports from the United Nations and the World Bank point towards the severity of the food crisis increasing twofold if not planned for. Such a global shortage of food is expected to affect more than 260 million people, especially those in middle and low-income countries.