This Food Crisis Predates Coronavirus

For many in Latin America, it’s either not enough food or too much of the wrong food, with both malnutrition and obesity plaguing the poorest communities.
In a new report, UN food agencies are warning of a rising malnutrition crisis in the region—even before COVID-19 made the situation worse, NPR’s Goats and Soda reports.
Last year, nearly a third of the people in Latin America experienced either severe or moderate food insecurity—and yet, Latin America is a leading food exporter.
Factoring in the pandemic, “We could lose 30 years in the fight against hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is what we are talking about. It is a tragedy of unfathomable magnitude for millions of human beings,” Julio Berdegué of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

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