The world is at risk of a hunger pandemic, and it could reach biblical proportions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations.
Various countries have already been suffering from famine before the coronavirus escalated. But the arrival of the pandemic and the subsequent disruption of many livelihoods worsened the situation. Latin American nations, as well as eastern and central Asia, are particularly in danger of a hunger crisis.
Beasley noted that unless immediate and sizable action is taken, multiple famines could occur in the coming months and reach an epic scale.
“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,” said Beasley in a statement to the U.N. Security Council.
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