2022 is the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic with serious global health, social and economic consequences. These consequences combined with the energy crisis, the climate of insecurity, the current conflicts, and the evolving climate change form an explosive mix, triggering poverty and a new food crisis. So while global grain production has been steadily increasing over the last 20 years and today global grain stocks are 35% more than needed to feed the total world population, there are unjustified price increases: FAO estimated that food prices in May 2022 were up by 30% in a year and wheat prices up by 50%, intensifying fears of famine in the poorest countries.
The World Bank estimates that every 1% of an increase in food prices pushes more than 10 million people into extreme poverty. By the end of 2021 more than 200 million people faced acute food insecurity and in East Africa more than half a million people were on the verge of total starvation and death. Instead, we have seen that the richest people in the world are getting richer and the poorest are being pushed into greater poverty. In such a global context where the pandemic and the energy crisis are seen as an opportunity for some to become rich, social inequalities are growing and the poorest are marginally surviving.
Within the global context, the situation in Greece remains fluid with the recent formal statistics claiming that 28.9% of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion related to the incomes declared in 2020, affecting mostly 18-64 year olds (31.9%).
Poverty Watch Main Findings
Most Affected Groups
People suffering from mental health problems
Asylum seekers and migrants
- Particular measures for all the vulnerable groups mentioned above (the elderly, the mentally ill, those incarcerated, the Roma community, the homeless, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, the lgbtqi community, women and the unemployed).
- Simplification of procedures for access to all social transfers and online social services.
- Free and easy access to Public Health Services.
- Improvement, extension and expansion of Public Social Services.
- Strengthening of public health units with a particular focus on the countryside.
- Fostering the cooperation of all stakeholders -government, social partners, institutions, the civil society, academia- on the basis of streamlining measures that concern emergency situations with a focus on the most vulnerable.
- Human Rights should be on the core of any measures undertaken and solidarity fostered and exercised.
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