World faces food crisis in wake of coronavirus: UN, WTO

World faces food crisis in wake of coronavirus: UN, WTO #eNCA

2020-04-01 03:23:00 PM

World faces food crisis in wake of coronavirus: UN, WTO eNCA

The heads of three global agencies warned of the risk of a worldwide 'food shortage' if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly.

READ:Panic buying by people going into confinementhas already demonstrated the fragility of supply chains as supermarket shelves emptied in many countries."Uncertainty about food availability can spark a wave of export restrictions, creating a shortage on the global market," said the joint text signed by Qu Dongyu, head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Roberto Azevedo, director of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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READ:Lockdown shopping: Commission concerned over price hikes"In the midst of the COVID-19 lockdowns, every effort must be made to ensure that trade flows as freely as possible, specially to avoid food shortage(s)" from developing, they said in their statement.

"When acting to protect the health and well-being of their citizens, countries should ensure that any trade-related measures do not disrupt the food supply chain," they added. Read more: eNCA »

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