children are chronically malnourished worldwide
annual children death due to malnourishment
loss in annual GDP due to undernutrition
return in economic benefits
As the COVID-19 crisis is rapidly spreading across the world with a heavy toll on human lives and livelihoods, the pandemic could have a devastating effect on millions of people who are already suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Malnutrition weakens the immune system, which could make affected-people more vulnerable to COVID-19. Projections from the International Labour Organizations indicate that as many as 305 million jobs could be lost as a result of the pandemic. And this does not include nearly 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy significantly impacted by the crisis: in Africa, wages for informal workers risk falling by more than 80%. With losses of income, nutritious foods - often more expensive - are the first to be cut out of family diets. This is especially worrisome for the poorest people, who often rely on daily wages from casual labor and have little to no savings.