David Beasley Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program, assured in the virtual session of the Security Council of The UN that the economic impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic may cause a widespread famine "of Biblical proportions" in the world.
"We are talking of extreme conditions, state of emergency, people literally marching on the brink of starvation. If we don't bring food, people will die, "explained Beasley, who continued with his speech:" This is more than a pandemic … We are on the brink of a hunger pandemic. This is a humanitarian and food catastrophe, "he warned.
"With COVID-19, I want to emphasize that we are facing not only a global health pandemic but also a global humanitarian catastrophe. Millions of civilians living in conflict-affected nations, including many women and children, face being pushed to the brink of famine with the specter of famine as a very real and dangerous possibility, "he explained.
And to reaffirm his speech, David Beasley gave some facts about the effects of lack of food : "It sounds really shocking, but 821 million people go to bed hungry every night around the world, with chronic hunger, and as the new World Report on the Food Crisis published today shows, there are another 135 million who are on their way to starvation. However, now the World Food Program analysis shows that, due to the Coronavirus, another 130 million people could be on the brink of starvation by the end of 2020. That is a total of 265 million. "
With all these data in hand, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program drew a worrying future. "I must warn that if we do not prepare and act now, to ensure access, avoid Shortage of funds and interruptions in trade, we could face multiple famines of biblical proportions in a few months "he stated.
" The actions we take will determine our success or failure in building sustainable food systems as the foundation of stable and peaceful societies. The truth is, we don't have time on our side, so let's act wisely and quickly. I believe that with our experience and partnerships, we can bring together the teams and programs necessary to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic does not become a humanitarian catastrophe and a food crisis "he concluded.