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About 8 percent of Latin America’s population — or 50 million people — identify as Indigenous according to the United Nations Development Programme. Due to systemic exclusion, social marginalization, geographic isolation, and other factors, Indigenous peoples are nearly three times as likely to be living in extreme poverty compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. Because food…

Prior to the onset of COVID-19, food banks supported by The Global FoodBanking Network were already addressing child hunger, through establishing or supplementing programs run by schools and other organizations. However, the pandemic has further underscored the necessity of these programs for the health of children and their communities. The World Food Programme estimated that by April 2020, 370…

Food banks across Africa expanded exponentially during 2020 to support increased need in their communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Last year, African food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) increased people served by 169 percent increase over 2019 and distributed 8 million kilograms of food, an 80 percent increase. COVID-19 first appeared in Africa in February 2020, and shortly after, protective public health measures like curfews, quarantines, and school and business closures were put in…

As communities went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, food supply chains were disrupted around the world. The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) member food banks navigated these challenges with agility and tenacity, developing creative strategies that fed approximately 40 million people in 2020. Channels to acquire food suddenly shifted for food banks because of…

As food insecurity rose because of the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks in Latin America doubled their efforts and brought together like-minded partners to meet the pressing community need. Latin America accounts for three of the ten countries with the highest total of coronavirus cases — Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina — and the region is currently…

The civil war in Syria, which started more than a decade ago, has forced 6.6 million people to flee the country and internally displaced another 6.7 million, creating the world’s largest refugee crisis. About 5.5 million Syrians are now in neighboring countries — particularly Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan — according to the United Nations refugee…

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…