The annual ranking of the World Food Program (WFP) reported that South Sudan again ranked first in the list of countries with the highest food cost in relation to earnings.
Before the pandemic created havoc, residents of this country spent an average of 27% of their daily income on a plate of food. The percentage has largely increased and now is 186%.
According to the report, residents of South Sudan have to work on average almost two days in order to afford a plate due to the high food cost. Moreover, it’s about the simplest food, such as rice and beans.
Out of the top twenty countries with the highest relative food costs 17 of them are countries in tropical Africa.
Food prices in these countries are rising due to several factors. Though it is mainly due to armed conflicts, the pandemic also played an important role in the increase in prices.
“Our new report suggests that hunger is behind the destructive force of conflict, climate change, and the economic crisis, to which the Covid-19 pandemic has now been added,” said WFP chief David Beasley.
In comparison, in New York, one of the wealthiest cities, a plate of inexpensive food costs about 0.6% of a person’s daily income.
UN warned about food shortage
As a reminder, the UN estimated that by the end of 2020, 132 million people may face hunger. As reason: due to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.
In June, UN Secretary-General António Guterres even warned countries. He appealed to countries to provide their citizens with food. According to him, the world could face food shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The UN warns that humanity could face a famine of biblical proportions. However, if proper measures to ensure food security are taken in time, this can be avoided.