Food insecurity is defined as 'the state of being without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food'.

Across the world, more than 820 million people live every day with hunger or food insecurity as their constant companion, a huge global challenge that has now been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The United Nations World Food Programme has warned that an estimated 265 million people could face severe food insecurity by the end of 2020, up from 135 million people before the coronavirus crisis.

In addition, about 80% of the world’s poorest and most food insecure people live in remote rural areas, many working in small-scale agriculture. One day’s work equals one day’s food.

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Food security “hot spots” include:

  • fragile and conflict-affected states, where logistics and distribution are difficult even without morbidity and social distancing.
  • countries affected by multiple crises resulting from more frequent extreme weather events and pests, such as the locust swarms which infested 23 countries in May 2020, ruining crops and livelihoods.
  • the poor and vulnerable, including the more than 820 million people who were already chronically food insecure before the Covid-19 crisis impacted movement and incomes.
  • countries with significant currency depreciation, (driving up the cost of food imports) and countries seeing other commodity prices collapse (reducing their capacity to import food).

Source: The World Bank, Food Security and Covid-19

WorldShare’s ministry partners around the world serve some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities already suffering from lack of food. The people in these poor communities have lost work and additional income generation opportunities, which, when combined with reduced availability and the sharp rise in the cost of basic food supplies, has caused severe food security issues.

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Evangelical Mission for Assistance to Fishermen, Brazil

EMAF have already been very busy distributing food. In June, 16,000 baskets arrived on a Navy ship in Afuá and EMAF coordinated and supervised more than 13 organisations so that all families in Afuá and Chaves received baskets. It took days of very intense work and many struggles, but we believe that people will be touched by the love of God in this gesture of immediate help! Despite 23 of EMAF’s missionaries having been infected with Covid-19 they are in good spirits! They trust in the Lord and think that catching Covid-19 has been a good thing, allowing them, once they’ve recovered, to visit remote communities without worrying about infecting anyone.

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Potter’s House, Guatemala

For the poor who Potter’s House serves, the fear is not of getting Covid-19 and becoming ill, but the greater, real fear is “will I be able to feed my family today?” One example of this is the experience of Maria and her mother-in-law, Juana. Maria is a student at Potter’s House Business School, but because of restrictions, she and Juana had not been able to sell anything to bring money home for their family and so they ran out of food. Potter’s House staff in Chiquimula have been sending messages to various communities encouraging them to place a white flag outside their homes if they were in desperate need of food or help. Maria received that message and knew this was her only option. She said "I put my embarrassment aside and placed the flag outside my home. I had no other choice. We had nothing to eat." God led Potter’s House to that community the same day Maria put her flag up and they were able to provide a bag of groceries for the family!

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Word of Hope, Myanmar 

“We are saved from the Covid-19 by the grace of God, but we are in a difficult period because of no work, no school and no going outside. It has been more than two months of lockdown, so our Word of Hope families are  facing a hard time to have enough food. We need food for our members and community.” said ministry leader Pastor Pau. Word of Hope need sacks of rice for the children in the orphanage, the Word of Hope families, and their neighbours in the community – so that they can show them the love of God.

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Bible Faith Mission, Kerala, India

The Dalits, the lowest segment of Indian society featured in the last issue of Window, have no source of income because of Covid-19. The poor BFM believers are suffering greatly. Starvation and emptiness can be seen in every home. Already BFM have provided more than 2,000 food packages of rice, grocery items, tea, oil, sugar, salt, and soaps to poor people in the six states and the BFM workers. As their school is closed due to lockdown, BFM have been using their new school buses to deliver these food packages.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

GIVE:

By donating today, you will help combat physical and spiritual hunger through the work of our ministry partners. Click on the icons below to donate specifc amounts:

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Our ministry partners will need help over a sustained period. If you don’t already give by direct debit, please would you prayerfully consider setting up a monthly gift to WorldShare.

PRAY:

Please remember our ministry partners in your prayers, for protection and provision, for them, their beneficiaries and the wider communities they serve.

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