So far, most countries in Africa are reporting comparatively low numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a few countries accounting for most of the confirmed cases.
But the impacts of food insecurity could end up being worse than the direct impacts of the health pandemic. The number of people experiencing acute food insecurity is expected to double to more than one-quarter of a billion people by end of 2020. And the World Bank estimates that between 26-39 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa could be pushed into extreme poverty due to COVID-19.
We dive into the data in this visual story exploring the impacts of food insecurity on poverty rates in Africa and what governments can do to prevent a hunger pandemic.