CARDI warns against possible hunger pandemic as inequality gap widens

The Trinidad-based Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) on Friday said the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the region's food insecurity and warned against a possible hunger pandemic.
In a message to mark World Food Day, CARDI said the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed very clearly that although the world is producing enough food to feed all seven billion plus people, widening inequality gaps are threatening the most vulnerable with hunger and malnutrition.
It said in May, the United Nations World Food Programme estimated that the number of people experiencing severe food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean will increase from 3.4 million to 13.7 million over the course this year.
The institute says it is working on several initiatives to improve regional food and nutrition security.

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