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In the news: What we can do about the devastation COVID-19 could wreak in low-income and developing countries

July 17th, 2020

Dimy Doresca, Des Moines Register

Over the past few months, Americans have responded with compassion and generosity to help our neighbors in need. Our members of Congress have set aside their differences long enough to pass legislation supporting our businesses, our food system, and our families. This is something for which we should all be grateful.

But what about our neighbors in other parts of the world? If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it’s that for better or worse, we are connected. The World Food Programme projects that, unless urgent action is taken, the pandemic will double the number of people facing food crises by the end of the year. World Vision estimates an additional 5 million children will suffer from malnutrition, which can have a devastating and lifelong impact on these children’s development. Over time, the effects of malnutrition can weaken local economies and regional stability.

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