UN says world on the brink of a "hunger pandemic"

frat version: the number of starving people is increasing worldwide, (roughly 1 billion). covid 19 lockdowns could add as many 130 million to that number. World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley says in the article that there about 30 million people who literally depend on the UN for food and that if they cannot reach them due to corona lockdowns as many as 300,000 could die per day from starvation. 

 

 

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-04-21/un-food-agency-chief-world-on-brink-of-a-hunger-pandemic

 

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency warned Tuesday that, as the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it is also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action isn’t taken.

 

World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley told the U.N. Security Council that even before COVID-19 became an issue, he was telling world leaders that “2020 would be facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.” That’s because of wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, locust swarms in Africa, frequent natural disasters and economic crises including in Lebanon, Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia, he said.

Beasley said today 821 million people go to bed hungry every night all over the world, a further 135 million people are facing “crisis levels of hunger or worse,” and a new World Food Program analysis shows that as a result of COVID-19 an additional 130 million people “could be pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of 2020.”

He said in the video briefing that WFP is providing food to nearly 100 million people on any given day, including “about 30 million people who literally depend on us to stay alive.”

Beasley, who is recovering from COVID-19, said if those 30 million people can’t be reached, “our analysis shows that 300,000 people could starve to death every single day over a three-month period” — and that doesn’t include increased starvation due to the coronavirus.

“In a worst-case scenario, we could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries, and in fact, in 10 of these countries we already have more than one million people per country who are on the verge of starvation,” he said.

According to WFP, the 10 countries with the worst food crises in 2019 were Yemen, Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and Haiti.

Beasley said in many countries the food crisis is the result of conflict.

But he said he raised the prospect of “a hunger pandemic” because “there is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself.”

The WFP chief said lockdowns and economic recession are expected to lead to major income losses for the working poor.

He pointed to a sharp drop in overseas remittances that will hurt countries such as Haiti, Nepal and Somalia; a loss of tourism revenue which, for example, will damage Ethiopia where it accounts for 47 percent of total exports; and the collapse of oil prices which will have a significant impact in lower-income countries like South Sudan where oil accounts for almost 99 percent of total exports.

 

 

 

Sounds about right.

3 million children die per year from undernutrition. Not 80+ year olds in their final years. A bit of perspective

rudiger -

3 million children die per year from undernutrition. Not 80+ year olds in their final years. A bit of perspective

Yep.  When everybody said “this lockdown will cause far more death than the virus” nobody listened...

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Yet we have several on just this site that are in a panic from covid and want to see the lock down continue seemingly forever. 

 

 

And most of these people are obese, government leeches. 

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Oh, the UN must want more money

Let’s see the UN pressure China to pay billions to feed them before asking anyone else for money. 

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Thebonfirexm -

And most of these people are obese, government leeches. 

No, most of them are in developing countries where the line between poor and poverty is super thin and the difference is starvation

Life sucks 

Maybe Pelosi can share some of her iced cream 

Wait wait wait...so you’re telling me shutting the world down for a month has severe negative ramifications?! Who could possibly have predicted that!?!

 

Someone should tell the starving Haitians that no one cares if they’re hungry.  The most important thing is staying home and flattening the curve!  We’re all in this together! 

Echo1 - 

Wait wait wait...so you’re telling me shutting the world down for a month has severe negative ramifications?! Who could possibly have predicted that!?!


 


Someone should tell the starving Haitians that no one cares if they’re hungry.  The most important thing is staying home and flattening the curve!  We’re all in this together! 


exactly


time to get back to work

China, it's your turn to pick up the tab.

Last year there were several states with flooding so severe that crops were severely lagging due to the time it took for the flooding to disperse. They were already talking about a food shortage prior to trade war / pandemic times. Time to start growing veggies.