The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the world faces “mega-famines” if enough funds are not guaranteed to fight, the ripple effects of coronavirus pandemic on the world’s most fragile countries, which are already fighting with food scarcity.
On Thursday, David Beasley during a conference said that the food agencies of United Nations help nearly 100 million people on any given day, and if it is not made sure that these important operations are on run, the health pandemic will soon be followed by a hunger pandemic.
David Beasley who is the WFP’s executive director, in the conference held at Geneva said that the world is facing a “double pandemic.”
He further said that there is no doubt that we are on the edge of mega-famines.
Beasley said that, before this pandemic arrived, the world had 135 million people on the edge of starvation, and 821 million people were already starving.
The United Nations had appealed for dollar 4.7 billion in funding to “protect millions of lives, and stem the spread of coronavirus in fragile countries“.
Apart from an appeal made earlier, this updated appeal includes nine more vulnerable countries which are Benin, Djibouti, Liberia, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Zimbabwe.
As per estimation made by the United Nations, in the next three to six months, COVID-19 infections are expected to peak in the world’s poorest countries.
A continuous attempt is being made by UN agencies to create a coordinated, global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mark Lowcock, the UN’s head of humanitarian affairs said in a statement that the world’s poorest countries will have the most devastating, and destabilizing effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
He further warned that if no action is taken now, then the world should get ready for a remarkable rise in conflict, poverty, and hunger. He described this pandemic as unique, not like any other pandemic, and for eliminating this pandemic extraordinary measures are needed.
UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi also said that the impact was devastating of the pandemic, on people who fled wars, and persecution. He further said that collective action is needed to save lives.