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During the last week of May 2021, Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed 450,000. Infection rates continues to rise with an average of 66,000 cases per day, bringing the countrywide total to 16.2 million—the third highest in the world. With its health and social safety net systems pushed to their limits, Brazil is suffering its worst…

With over 12 million reported cases of COVID-19 and an economy that has contracted by more than 20 percent, India has been deeply affected by the pandemic. Studies indicate that 77 percent of households nationwide are consuming less food than before the pandemic and 66 percent have lost employment. For India’s 400 million daily wage…

When the government of Ghana mandated the closing of its schools in March 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, Chef Elijah Amoo Addo feared for the children and families served by Food For All Africa (FFAA). School feeding had been a feature of FFAA’s programs since 2016, when Elijah initiated programs in 12 schools…

We produce enough to feed the entire world; however, millions of people go hungry while billions of pounds of food are lost or wasted along the supply chain. Food loss and waste is such a huge problem that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include target 12.3, dedicated to halving food loss and waste by…

Across the globe, women and girls are severely affected by poverty, hunger, and disease. Last to eat, and often least as well, women tend to forgo food when it is limited. They make up almost half of the agricultural labor force, juggling this work with unpaid care responsibilities for their family, yet all too often…

An Interview with Ana Isabel Méndez, Executive Director, Banco de Alimentos Panamá This year, International Women’s Day is celebrating the important role played by women leaders in pandemic response and recovery efforts. GFN took this opportunity to sit down with Ana Isabel Méndez, executive director of Banco de Alimentos Panamá, and a leader within our…

Prior to COVID-19, nearly one million of Guatemala’s children under the age of five suffered from chronic malnutrition or stunting—the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since October 2017, the Desarrollo en Movimiento (DEM) Food Bank has worked to combat hunger and malnutrition in Guatemala City, particularly amongst children, the elderly, and those with…

Sitava moved her family 30 kilometers from their hometown of Anandgiri Karnataka, India for the opportunity to earn a daily wage. When the COVID-19 crisis hit and lockdowns came into effect, Sitava’s work disappeared, and with it, her ability to provide for her family or return home. For millions of daily wagers like Sitava, India’s…

It is estimated that more than half of South Africa’s 58 million people will require food assistance as a result of COVID-19. Hunger relief at this scale is unprecedented. In the midst of military-enforced lockdowns, FoodForward South Africa has mobilized its countrywide food bank network to increase service capacity in both urban and rural areas….

At the end of May, the U.N.’s World Food Programme announced that about 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to COVID-19. The region’s economy is expected to contract by 5.3 percent. Pre-COVID, many countries suffered from significant unemployment and poverty rates; amid COVID, unemployment…