On Friday, the World Food Programme received the Nobel Peace Prize for feeding millions of people from Yemen to North Korea. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed many into hunger.
WFP estimates that one in 11 goes to bed hungry. The leading humanitarian organisation, the WFP wins the Nobel Prize.
It was founded in 1961. The UNO helped 97 people in the previous year by providing 15 billion rations to people belonging to 88 countries.
As per experts, if the current trend continues then the UN’s programme to remove hunger by 2030 is out of reach.
As per the World Food Programme, women and children are at the highest risk. The WFP says that hunger causes war but it is also a consequence of the war.
“There’s no two ways about it — we can’t end hunger unless we put an end to conflict,” WFP executive director David Beasley said on September 21.
The greatest example is the Yemen which the UN described as the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.
The conflict has displaced three million people and pushed the country to the verge of famine.
As per WFP figures, 2/3 of Yemen’s population of 30 million don’t know from where their next meal will be from.
The outlook for the world has grown even bleaker this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to earnings losses, made food more expensive and disrupted supply chains.
The Nobel committee said that the coronavirus pandemic has boosted the number of hunger victims across the world.
It said that countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso suffer the most. These countries face a combination of violent conflict and the pandemic which has led to a surge in the number of hunger victims in these countries.
This is the twelfth time when the peace award is provided to the UN.