Let them eat cake? – Tue, June 15 2021

Editorial board (The Jakarta Post)


Jakarta   ●  
Tue, June 15 2021

One thing COVID-19 has taught governments and political leaders around the world is that helping the poor is the most sensible thing to do during this seemingly never-ending pandemic.

That is likely what drove leaders of major world economies to take fiscal action, like when United States President Joe Biden decided to sign the US$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill into law in March.

The move was surprising considering Biden’s credentials as a centrist whom many expected to be a fiscal conservative. But he certainly knows that in a

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Southern Africa Food and Nutrition Security Working Group (FNSWG) Quarterly Bulletin – 03 June 2021 issue 01 and 02 – Democratic Republic of the Congo


• Average to above.average rainfall improved water crop and pasture conditions catalysing agricultural and pastoral opportunities in most parts of the region, increasing the above-average harvest in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and parts of Mozambique.

• Five out of 16 weather systems made landfall during the 2020/2021 Cyclone Season. Over 500,000 people were affected and over 219,000 fanning hectares were compromised during the last cyclone season, mostly in Mozambique, but also in Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Malawi, Botswana South Africa.

• 1.14 million people in Madagascar are projected to be food insecure (IPC 3 or above) in April-September 2021, with an

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WFP Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) – June 2021 – World

The World Food Programme’s Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) aims to address the most food-insecure people’s immediate food needs and to improve their long-term food security and resilience.

FFA aims to address the most food-insecure people’s immediate food needs with cash, vouchers or food transfers while improving their long-term food security and resilience. In 2021, over 7.5 million people (3.6 million male and over 3.9 million female) benefited from FFA activities in 49 countries.

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