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The number of people going hungry around the world could double in just a few months as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on food supplies and hurts incomes.
That’s according to a group of major food companies, industry bodies and academics, which warned that those suffering from chronic hunger may surge from about 800 million amid mounting food-supply risks. The threat is acute for poor regions like sub-Saharan Africa.
“There could not be a more important time in which to keep trade flows open and predictable,” according to aletter to world leaders signed by Nestle SA, Unilever NV, Danone SA and PepsiCo Inc.
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