FOOD PRICE HIKES AMIDST COVID-19 COULD PUSH MILLIONS OF ZAMBIANS INTO EXTREME POVERTY

Poverty and food insecurity has been a primary concern in most developing countries and the advent of COVID-19 is with no doubt worsening the problem. The pandemic has potential to derail progress made towards achieving United Nation Sustainable Development Goal number 2, which aims to achieve “zero hunger”. A World Bank brief report on global food security and COVID-19 state that, the global agriculture commodity price index as of July 2021 was approximately 30% with maize, wheat, and rice prices about 43%, 12% and 10% respectively, all above their January 2020 levels

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