For the first time in more than two decades, global extreme poverty rates rose in 2020. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic was a large factor in this change. Experts estimate that the number of those who live in extreme poverty, i.e., on less than $1.90 per day, may rise by as many as 150 million in 2021.
Though news about COVID-19 has taken a more optimistic turn in many parts of the world, the pandemic’s disruption of the global supply chain has continued to impact farmers who no longer have access to seeds for next year’s crops and others who lack access to the supplies necessary to stay in the workforce.
The pandemic also continues to have a harrowing effect on food insecurity. An estimated 820 million people are undernourished — 130 million of which became undernourished within the past year due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The instability of the global supply chain creates many complexities and, often, unforeseen challenges,” said Heath Adamson, Convoy of Hope’s Vice President of Global Program. “Convoy of Hope is not backing down. We are as committed as ever to deliver hope in these times — to children, women, and families all over the world.”
Although needs are still prevalent on the global stage, other statistics show a more hopeful view of the big picture. On average, extreme poverty rates have decreased 75% in the last 30 years.
Despite disasters, humanitarian crises, and COVID-19, the work you support through Convoy of Hope has a massive impact on millions of lives. Even in the face of challenging odds, we can feed the world and provide hope for those who need it most — together.
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