Feed a Child: Team up to help close the COVID-19 hunger gap

“The unfortunate reality is that poorer countries and vulnerable communities are disproportionally affected by the economic decline associated with the pandemic,” said Lucinda Smith, Chairman, AGCO Agriculture Foundation.

December 9, 2020 by AGCO

Feed a Child: Team up to help close the COVID-19 hunger gap

“The unfortunate reality is that poorer countries and vulnerable communities are disproportionally affected by the economic decline associated with the pandemic,” said Lucinda Smith, Chairman, AGCO Agriculture Foundation.

Food insecurity continues to rise due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s livelihoods, especially in vulnerable households and communities. The coronavirus and containment measures are intensifying poverty and economic fallouts. Unfortunately, vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected by the impacts of COVID-19, which can lead to hunger and malnutrition.

Uganda, Namalu (Karamoja), 09 July 2020  Photo: WFP/Hugh Rutherford

In April 2020, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 270 million people would become acutely food insecure in the countries of WFP presence by the end of the year if no action is taken. This constitutes an 82% increase compared to the number of acutely food insecure pre-COVID. A WFP August 2020 assessment report shows that COVID-19 has caused the worst recession in Latin America in a century and has increased severe food insecurity by 400%, rising from 4.3 million people in January to over 17 million in August 2020.

Lessons from the global pandemic reaffirm the need to build a resilient and sustainable food system. In the meantime, the people of the world are collectively organizing to offer humanitarian support, financing and policy mechanisms against hunger and food insecurity and solve the health crisis while addressing the multiplier effect of the pandemic on economics, peace and socio-vulnerability. It is a tall order to be sure.

COVID-19 Aid Program

Earlier this year, the AGCO Agriculture Foundation established the COVID-19 Aid Program with an initial $100,000 grant to support the WFP’s COVID-19 emergency response. Our funds went towards the provision of critical food and medical supplies in vulnerable communities in Latin America and Africa.

The COVID-19 Aid Program was also implemented regionally with $350,000 in grants awarded to 13 local organizations battling hunger, food insecurity and medical needs in the communities where AGCO employees live and work.

To strengthen our commitment to prevent and relieve hunger in marginalized communities across the globe, the AAF set out to double our impact on the lifesaving work of the WFP. Now, we’re aiming to raise an additional $100,000 to feed 342 children for a year and transform the lives of marginalized small-scale farmers.

“The unfortunate reality is that poorer countries and vulnerable communities are disproportionally affected by the economic decline associated with the pandemic,” said Lucinda Smith, Chairman, AGCO Agriculture Foundation. “These consequences can compound and directly impact access to nutritious food.  Our mission is to raise donations to WFP to provide relief, training, resources and nutrition for small-scale farmers and their children who are suffering due to the pandemic.”

Urgent action – help feed a child

Now is the time for all of us to take action in addressing hunger and health struggles during this pandemic. As the Foundation campaigns for donations through the #AGCOAgricultureFoundation team on the SharetheMeal app, we have identified three areas of intervention to focus our support:

Prevention of hunger and malnutrition: The latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) assessments show a dramatic increase in acute food insecurity across the globe. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, nearly 22 million people are facing crisis levels of food insecurity. Figures from the WFP situation report on food security and COVID-19 implications show that Burundi has the second-highest prevalence of malnutrition in the world, with 1% of the population classified in emergency (Phase 4) and 12% in crisis (Phase 3). Through WFP, we can help sustain food assistance programs for vulnerable households, marginalized farmers and their families, and refugees, who are suffering from disrupted food systems.

Scaling up impact: As of September 2020, WFP’s COVID-19 response has reached over 85 million people with $1.1 billion USD in cash-based transfers and 553,000 metric tons of food sourced and distributed in its countries of operation. Supporting timely humanitarian effort will mean saving more lives and feeding more people, particularly in areas of the world that are most vulnerable.

Feeding more children: As the number of children facing hunger and malnutrition continues to rise due to the pandemic, the WFP adapted school meal programs to take-home rations for 7 million school children. To support this ongoing effort, an initiative such as the SharetheMeal campaign can help feed more children.

“We are grateful to the AGCO Agriculture Foundation for their critical support of WFP’s COVID-19 response efforts,” said Gabriella Morris, World Food Program USA Chief Philanthropy Officer. “AAF’s contribution played a vital role in providing food and medical supplies to impacted communities in Africa and Latin America. As WFP continues to oversee logistics for the entire UN and global humanitarian community, we are thankful for AAF’s mission to raise an additional $100,000 to provide lifesaving food and supplies to the most vulnerable people”.

Be a part of this collective effort to address the pandemic’s compounding threats to food security. Join us in supporting the WFP’s lifesaving work by downloading the SharetheMeal app and donating through the #AGCOAgricultureFoundation team.

Every donation counts and together, we can help relieve hunger around the world and transform the lives of marginalized small-scale farmers and their families!

This blog post is part of the #AGCOAgricultureFoundation SharetheMeal campaign. Our target: to feed 342 children for a year and transform the lives of marginalized small-scale farmers. Through our campaign, every donation on ShareTheMeal App translates to meals: $0.80 = feeds a child for a day; $5.60 = feeds a child for a week; $24 = feeds a child for a month; $72 = feeds a child for 3 months and $292 = feeds a child for a year.

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