Countries should act now to stop the COVID-19 pandemic transforming into a food crisis, the head of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said on Monday.

“The fallout from COVID-19 may push rural families even deeper into poverty, hunger and desperation, which is a real threat to global prosperity and stability,” Gilbert Houngbo noted.

He asserted that immediate action can support rural people to provide rapid recovery and prevent a bigger humanitarian crisis.

The IFAD launched a $40 million package to support farmers and rural communities, the fund said in a press release.

It expects to raise

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