U.N. Asks Further Assistance Worst Global Famines Threat Emerges
A U.N. body has intimated that the world might be in for famines of “biblical proportions”. The said announcement came after the said body of UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) released worrying data reflecting that over 265 million people are facing “acute food insecurity”.
While addressing the U.N. Security Council, WFP Exec. Director David Beasley referred to the current condition as “the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two.”
“At the same time as dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are on the brink of a hunger pandemic,” he said.
Beasley said that the body is trying its level best to push food supplies to almost 100 million people but he worries that the coronavirus pandemic may prove itself to be a “hunger pandemic” and requested further assistance from the UN.
“If we can’t reach these people with the life-saving assistance they need, our analysis shows that 300,000 people could starve to death every single day over a three-month period,” he said during a video conference. “This does not include the increase of starvation due to Covid-19.”
Amid these revelations, Beasley requested additional funding of $350 million from the UN to enable smooth functioning of the global food supply chains. The world economy is hurting and the road to recovery looks long.
“I must warn you that if we don’t prepare and act now — to secure access, avoid funding shortfalls and disruptions to trade — we could be facing multiple famines of biblical proportions within a short few months,” he said.
In the beginning, if 2020, Yemen was the nation that was projected to see the worst food crisis in the world due to internal economic and social results but the virus pandemic has taken them by surprise and he is expecting more such famines.
“It is a hammer blow for millions more who can only eat if they earn a wage,” he added. “Lockdowns and global economic recession have already decimated their nest eggs. It only takes one more shock-like Covid-19 — to push them over the edge.”