Welthungerhilfe on the Covid-19 pandemic


Welthungerhilfe is a long-standing partner of the Cotton made in Africa initiative. Together, we have already initiated projects in African cotton-growing regions – such as an illiteracy project for adults in Burkina Faso or a water and sanitation project in Zimbabwe. As a long-standing member of the Cotton made in Africa Advisory Board, Dr. Iris Schöninger is part of the panel of experts and an important discussion partner as well as advisor to the management. We had the opportunity to talk to her about the current crisis and learn from her about the special challenges Africa will be facing according to her:

“In poorer countries in Africa and Asia, the coronavirus is not only a health hazard. If fields can no longer be cultivated, supply shortages occur, and supply chains are interrupted. If the global economy slides into recession as a result of the corona crisis, this will also have devastating consequences for the poorest. Even with one percent less economic growth, the number of poor and starving people could increase by two percent. The measures imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are exacerbating the already difficult food situation. Poorer countries need emergency aid to respond to the current crisis and the destruction of livelihoods. In the future, the focus will be on protection against social risks and a reversal of the trend towards more regional and fairer food systems. We must now support the most vulnerable people – it is a question of basic human solidarity.”

Dr. Iris Schöninger,

Political Communication & Fundamental Principles

Welthungerhilfe e.V.

From Germany

Member of the Cotton made in Africa Advisory Board

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