The impact of climate change is an enormous challenge for people’s survival in the South, the president of Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Relief), Marlehn Tiehme, said when presenting a report by that non-governmental organization.
Tiehme considered that this makes it more important for industrialized countries to pursue a courageous and consistent climate policy to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, she added.
Regarding Covid-19, she claimed that this pandemic became a hunger virus for the poorest people on the planet.
According to the president of Welthungerhilfe, the virus significantly threatens the achievements made over the last few decades in eradicating this scourge, which has worsened in the South, as well as poverty.
Therefore, she added, the number of hungry people in the world has increased in the past six years, and the situation is severe in 55 countries. Global poverty has also increased during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For Tiehme, wars and conflicts continue to be one of the main causes of famine, and women and children are the most affected by the impact of Covid-19.