The NGO Oxfam published, on July 9, 2021, its annual report on the food situation in the world, and in particular on famine. This worsened in 2021 because of the Covid-19 which has been added to the other crises suffered by the populations: the climate crisis and conflicts. These are the “three Cs” that lead 155 million people to suffer from hunger in the world.
” The hunger virus spreads “: 20 million more people are affected
The report, entitled ” The hunger virus spreads »And published by Oxfam on July 9, 2021, draws up an overwhelming assessment of the impact of the global health crisis: Covid-19, which has been added to Conflicts and the Climate Crisis, has increased by 20 million the number of people who ” face extreme levels of food insecurity “.
Now, according to Oxfam, 155 million people in 55 countries suffer from hunger, while the number of people “ living in famine conditions ” exploded. He was “ multiplied by six », Writes the NGO: 520,000 individuals are concerned worldwide.
Hunger kills more than Covid-19
To mark the spirits, the NGO Oxfam has tried a comparison with the health crisis which has caused 4 million deaths since its inception, late 2019-early 2020. “ 11 people are probably starving every minute because of the explosive cocktail of the three “C’s” : conflicts, Covid-19 and the climate crisis », Underlines the NGO in its report. An estimate, since these figures are impossible to obtain or verify.
But these figures can be related to the mortality of the virus which is lower and reaches ” 7 people per minute », Underlines Oxfam which uses data from Johns Hopkins University for the week of June 14 to 20, 2021 during which 9,967 people died from Covid-19 worldwide.
More money for weapons than against hunger
Oxfam also highlights, in its report, the absurd priorities of governments around the world: 1.981 billion dollars were spent in the defense and armaments sector in 2020, up 2.6% compared to 2019 and, above all, the highest level since 1988 according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report cited by the NGO. This increase in defense budgets represents $ 51 billion.
” This is 6.5 times the United Nations humanitarian appeal for food security in 2021 of $ 7.9 billion. “