Newshub18:3.5 billion people are at risk of starvation in the world.
The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) David Beasley has given a global warning that 345 million (345 million) people in the world are heading towards starvation. Apart from this, the Russia-Ukraine war has pushed another 7 crore (70 million) people closer to starvation in the country, he said. Al-Jazeera news.
David Beasley issued this warning at the United Nations Security Council meeting last Thursday. He said that the 345 million people in the world who are suffering from extreme food insecurity are citizens of 82 countries. WFP has activities in the countries. The number is more than double the number of people suffering from food insecurity before the corona epidemic hit in 2020. Among these people who are at risk of starvation, 50 million people in 45 countries are suffering from extreme malnutrition, said the head of WFP. He said, “What was called the tide of hunger for so long, has now become a tsunami of hunger.” He points to the impact of the corona virus on the economy, climate change, rising energy prices and Russia’s operations in Ukraine.
David Beasley said that since the start of Russia’s attack on Ukraine on February 24, the increase in food, fuel and fertilizer prices has pushed 70 million people close to starvation. The two countries reached an agreement last July to begin exporting Ukrainian grain through Russian-blocked Black Sea ports. Apart from this, efforts are being made to start supplying Russian fertilizers to the world market. However, there is a real risk of multiple famines this year.
This top WFP official warned, “If we don’t take action, the current food price crisis will turn into a food crisis in 2023.