In 2017, extreme hunger was the defining humanitarian crisis, with four countries on the brink of famine and 30 million people in dire need of food assistance for survival. International outcry led to a late but robust reaction that prevented the descent into full famines in all four countries.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global crisis, but the virus brings even greater hunger in its wake. State economies are collapsing, and millions can no longer afford food. More people are experiencing extreme hunger today than in 2017, but no equivalent reaction is on the horizon.