World at risk of “biblical” famine due to pandemic?

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns that the world is on the brink of global famine of “biblical proportions” due to the novel coronavirus. RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov underscores that the global hunger may adversely affect only the least developed countries. “First of all, we are talking about the Central African states. The fact is that the economic growth of all countries in the world, including developed ones, have declined drastically. Each state is now thinking about how to provide enough food to feed only its population,” he said.

RISS expert also drew attention to the fact that the termination of foreign trade cooperation might also cause a global famine. In the current crisis situation, some countries have ceased importing and exporting activity and banned food exports.

In the post-Soviet countries, the situation is now more or less normal, Kholodkov points out. But the risk of a food crisis still exists, he believes. In Moldova, more than 70% of food products are imported. Moldova’s leadership abandoned the policy of stimulating the domestic trading and developing the public procurement system, as well as it refused to take any measures to promote Moldovan agri-food products on domestic market. “This is the price Moldova has paid for its pro-Western policy, as the EU is opposed to passing laws that could protect the local producer,” he said.

“Speaking of Russia, our country has enough food,” RISS expert concluded.

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