The World Food Program (WFP), the 2020 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is making pretty grim predictions for the year 2021, regarding access to food in food insecure countries .
“We will have famines of biblical proportions in 2021,” warns, almost apocalyptically, the director of the PAM David Beasley. Taking advantage of the new spotlight created by the Nobel distinction, the first head of the UN agency which deals with the fight against hunger in the world, wanted to sound the alarm, and attract the attention of “World leaders” on the state of play.
The WFP, very active on the African continent and in some countries in Asia, fears that famine will take over from Covid-19 in 2021. “If the global economic situation is worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, another pandemic also threatens: that of famine ”, warns the UN organization.
According to WFP forecasts, due to its economic impacts, Covid-19 could push 130 million additional people “to the brink of famine by the end of 2020”.
The agency stresses that for the time being, the African continent has been able to thwart most of the disaster scenarios that were envisaged, despite increasingly important economic pressures. However, the continent is not yet immune to a worrying situation linked to food insecurity. 2021 therefore promises to be problematic.