A looming food crisis threatens to push more than a quarter of a billion people to the brink of starvation just as the world scrambles to provide medical and financial relief to nations whose people and economies are ravaged by outbreaks of coronavirus.
To feed hungry families and pivot toward a more equitable future for all, it’s time to put the power back into local hands.
Grassroots organisations and community activists have spent decades developing local solutions to food insecurity. As governments and global agencies coordinate to provide food aid, local groups can provide critical relief, and their alternative systems could offer more than just short-term support.
As it launched a new global food crisis report this week along with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and more than a dozen other organisations, the World Food Programme predicted that 265 million people may experience acute food insecurity by the end of 2020 unless urgent action is taken.