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A tractor sowing rice in a water-submerged plantation in Lombardy, Italy

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The covid-19 pandemic’s impact on hunger around the world could be worse than the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 when food prices spiked calamitously, a leading food security expert warns.

Unlike the scarcity of food during the crisis 13 years ago, the big issue this time is economic downturns hitting the ability of millions of people to afford food, Martin Cole at the University of Adelaide in Australia tells New Scientist.

“I think this has the potential to be more significant …

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