The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to a calamity of epic scale, with millions facing starvation worldwide, the head of the UN’s hunger-fighting body has warned.
“All the data we have, including WFP forecast that the number of people experiencing malnutrition will grow by 80 percent by the end of the year, … points to a real disaster,” David Beasley, Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP), said.
We are risking a famine of biblical proportions
The rapid increase in the number of people who can’t feed themselves will be just an immediate outcome of the pandemic, which caused a disruption of food growth and logistics worldwide. More long-term damage is bound to materialize in the years to come.
“Obviously social tensions will grow, migration will increase, conflicts will escalate and hunger will likely affect those who didn’t experience it before,” the official told TASS.
WFP projections say Latin American nations face the most dramatic change in their situation, with the number of malnourished people increasing by as much as 269 percent, Beasley said.
The same metric for countries in Eastern and Central Asia stands at 135 percent.
Sub-Saharan Africa may see the number of their hungry almost double.
Global hunger is already high, Beasley warned. Unless bold action is taken now, “many will die, children will suffer from the consequences of malnutrition for many years, and the world will lose all the progress made in fighting hunger over the past decade,” he said.
The price of inaction will be incredibly high
This year some 138 million people in 83 countries rely on WFP for their food supply, the official said. For many of them the UN humanitarian body is the “last hope for survival.”
In South Sudan 1.6 million people were added this year to the 5 million already requiring assistance. In Yemen, the WFP feeds 13 million.
The situation in Lebanon became particularly grim after a devastating blast two weeks ago in Beirut. The explosion not only destroyed stockpiles of grain, but also cut supply chains because the damaged port was used to deliver some 85 percent of the food that Lebanon needs.
Beasley called on international donors to provide additional funding to the organization to deal with the looming disaster. The WFP needs $4.9 billion over the next six months to keep its humanitarian programs running.
Yep, this looming famine will be of biblical proportions. And it will not only affect ‘poor countries.’ Be prepared. [Wikipedia, RT]
Food prices are very high due to everything is happening around globe. We need realize that we are headed for a big changes to our world and that changes it bring stress on the all populations. Pregnant women giving a birth to a child has to go through a lot of pain and misery and cryings until new baby arrives. Some part of world is seen like Israel making peace with old enemies and we see also tensions in Middle East and Far East and Taiwan and etc…
Totally wrong. It’s vice versa, a coverup for the worldwide crop losses that didn’t start only this year. You better watch some real news before posting crap like this. ice age farmer, adapt 2030, get some knowledge before putting out this bullshit.
amem and amen: fear mongering for money.
Well all these riots in USA PDX. WI, and other cities are linked to 5G and total lock downs.
Anne Brit we do not have any where in the world , rue democracy and democratic government. That is we have our institutions are rumbling in our feet, Sink holes and famine ,quakes,fires , globally, it shows we must come together as member of one family. We see mother of civil war already started with nore weapons.If you burn cities , or if you carry guns in to street to create civil war , you are less than human because USA is finished not by Iran or China… By our own stupidity.
Nothing to do with the weather or the locusts?