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Children wait to receive free food distributed in a slum in Mumbai, India. Children wait to receive free food distributed in a slum in Mumbai, India, April 18, 2020 (AP photo by Rajanish Kakade).

The Geography of COVID-19 and a Vulnerable Global Food System

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Editor’s Note: WPR has made this article, as well as a selection of others from our COVID-19 coverage that we consider to be in the public interest, freely available for an initial two-week period.

Late last month, as the coronavirus continued to spread across the globe, the World Food Program warned of a “hunger pandemic.” With lockdowns constraining the incomes of the poor and supply chain disruptions preventing food from reaching consumers, pandemic-related hunger and malnutrition could eventually take more lives than the disease itself. Understanding the geography of the pandemic and the vulnerability of different food systems is critical for a well-informed response. ...

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