World Food Programme Warns: 2021 Will Be Worse Than 2020; World May Face A Famine Like Situation

by Shatakshi Gupta

Nobel Awardee World Food Program’s Chief, David Beasley, believes that in the year 2021, the world may face a severe famine like situation. In an interview to ‘The Associated Press’, he said that the people associated with the World Food Program work to feed the hungry people by risking their lives, but it seems that in the coming times, it will also see worse conditions. 

The World Food Program of the United Nations has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of the year 2020.  In October, the Nobel Committee selected the World Food Program (WFP) for the Nobel Peace Prize, trying to attract the world’s attention to those facing starvation or similar circumstances.

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Beasley said that in the year 2021, 15 billion dollars may be needed to fight hunger. It will be a big challenge to deal with the situations that have arisen due to coronavirus and lockdown,  in the year 2020.  Things are getting worse in low and middle income countries. Above that the amount of money we have for 2021 is very less as compared to this year.

It is believed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of hungry people in the world may increase.  In July 2020, the United Nations released a report stating that there is a risk of global recession due to Coronavirus.  In such a situation, more than 100 million people may face a starvation crisis.

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 The WFP is the 28th organization to have been awarded the Nobel.  This is the 12th time that a United Nations organization has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. WFP was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Rome, Italy. 

In 2019, WFP helped 97 million people. During this period, the organization distributed 4.4 tonnes of food and bought 1.7 billion US dollars for it from 91 countries.  The WFP is committed towards the United Nations’ goal of ending hunger from the world by 2030.