COVID-19 caused an immediate break in the global transportation systems and in all the connections among countries. At the end of 2020, it was clear that those that would have suffered the most from this crisis would have been Middle-East and Africa. There, a stop in trading would have meant further physical and ideological walls.
It is critical that commercial trade continues to flow regardless of anything else taking place around it.
warned the WFP chief economist Arif Husain.
If that stops, the humanitarian work cannot happen. Quite simply, millions of people’s lives depend on the flow of trade, and the impact of disruption on people’s food security is hugely concerning. .
Countries with large public debt have struggled to respond to the COVID-19-induced financial crisis. In the Middle East, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria faced severe economic problems, worsening the local food shortage. In Africa, in the Demographic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, and the Central African Republic are the most at risk, for a total of 45.56M starving people .