Hunger numbers: Millions, millions, millions need food

CATEGORY: Media and COVID19
DATE: 8 May 2020
AUTHOR: Daily Maverick

It’s difficult to quantify the number of people in need during a crisis, but early indications suggest as many as 34% of people in South Africa have gone to bed hungry during the lockdown. There were millions of people living in poverty before Covid-19 and millions more now need food, urgently.

A survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council and the University of Johannesburg that was released this week found that 34% of the 3,543 people interviewed had gone to bed hungry during the lockdown. This is up from 28% only a week earlier.

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