Mankind may face “biblical-scale” hunger due to the coronavirus pandemic if it does not ensure food security. This was stated by Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley.
According to WFP, by the end of 2020, 265 million people may face acute food shortages in the world. This figure is twice as much as last year – 130 million people were on the verge of starvation due to coronavirus, Christian Megaportal invictory.com reports citing RBC.
According to the program’s lead economist Arif Hussein, the self-isolation regime and economic recession have already hit residents of starving countries.
It is, first of all, about the countries of Africa where half of the starving live. Another 43 million people facing hunger live in the Middle East and Asia. 18.5 million – in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The authors of the report of the Global Network to Combat Food Crises (which includes WFP) are also concerned about the situation in southeastern Ukraine.
Beasley called the coronavirus pandemic “the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.” According to him, without the help of WFP, “300,000 people will die of hunger every day, and so on for three months.” Beasley added that these numbers do not account for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to one of the program’s scenarios, hunger will spread in 30 countries of the world. In ten of them, about a million people are already on the verge of starvation.
In early April, the UN reported that 8.3 million people in the Arab region would be below the poverty line because of coronavirus, and the number of those who didn’t get food would increase by 2 million. Already, more than 101 million people are in the Arab countries on the verge of poverty, and 52 million are malnourished.