Food Security and Covid-19 Pandemic
The Coronavirus, although microscopic, didn’t just attack people’s lungs and respiratory systems but it attacked the economy of countries specially the developing ones. It also attacked various industries like tourism, trade, and internal transportation and aviation, thus exhausting the economy and changing the balance while putting food security on the top of politicians’ and regimes’ priorities and restoring the attention on the agricultural sector. The biggest concern was the shortages in supply, where the biggest question that was raised is ‘will the strategic food reserve be sufficient?’. This question was concurrently raised by decision-makers, merchants and citizens.
The alarm of food insecurity in the Arab region rang louder this time as the expected numbers are alarming; according to the report by the United Nations Economic and Social council for Western Asia, 8.3 million Arabs will end up living in poverty during this year thus increasing the total number of Arabs living under the poverty line to 101.4 million which is quarter of the nearly 400 million Arabs. It is also worth mentioning that those suffering from under-nutrition in the Arab region will increase by 2 million.