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Vendors of matooke, or East African Highland bananas, offload a delivery truck at Ggaba market in Kampala, Uganda on July 23, 2020. 

Vendors of matooke, or East African Highland bananas, offload a delivery truck at Ggaba market in Kampala, Uganda on July 23, 2020. 

Photographer: Katumba Badru Sultan/Bloomberg

A Tenth of the World Could Go Hungry While Crops Rot in Fields

The massive spike is happening at a time of enormous global food surpluses, with the pandemic exposing ‘cracks in the system’

The world is hurtling toward an unprecedented hunger crisis.

As many as 132 million more people than previously projected could go hungry in 2020, and this year’s gain may be more than triple any increase this century. The pandemic is upending food supply chains, crippling economies and eroding consumer purchasing power. Some projections show that by the end of the year, Covid-19 will cause more people to die each day from hunger than from virus infections.