The U.N. Food
The U.N. food chief warned on Thursday that the world is facing “a perfect storm on top of a perfect storm” and pleaded with donors, particularly Gulf countries and billionaires, to donate a few days’ worth of profits to address a crisis with the fertilizer supply right away and avoid severe food shortages in the coming year.
On Thursday, September 22, 2022, at the U.N. Headquarters, David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Program of the United Nations, delivers a speech. Regarding hunger, the U.N. food director warns that the globe is facing “a perfect storm on top of a perfect storm.”
In an interview, David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, stated that “otherwise, there will be pandemonium all across the world.”
Beasley claimed that only 80 million people were in danger of starvation when he took over the WFP 5 1/2 years ago. He continued; I think I can probably put the World Food Program out of business.
However, the estimate was raised to 135 million due to climatic issues. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the number of food insecure individuals doubled to 276 million. Last but not least, on February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, starting a conflict and a food, fertilizer, and energy crisis that has brought the total to 345 million.
Within that, 50 million people in 45 nations are reportedly attempting to fend off starvation. “You will have famine, malnutrition, destabilization of states unlike anything we saw in 2007-2008 and 2011, and you will have mass migration,” he warned if we don’t help these people.
We need to react right away.
During this week’s General Assembly summit of world leaders, Beasley has been meeting with them and addressing events to raise awareness of the food issue.
In his opening remarks to the General Assembly on Tuesday, President Csaba Korosi stated, “it appears that we live in a chronic situation of humanitarian disaster.” The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that conflicts and humanitarian crises are growing, and the $32 billion financing gap for the organization’s humanitarian appeals is “the biggest gap ever.”
Beasley claimed that this year’s conflict prevented grain supplies from Russia, the world’s second-largest exporter of fertilizer and a significant food producer, as well as from Ukraine, which produces enough food to feed 400 million people.
Beasley claimed that donor fatigue frequently erodes contributions, particularly in nations experiencing protracted crises like Haiti. As prices rise and hit the poor, who lack the resources to deal with inflation, COVID-19 “simply economically decimated” them.
He claimed that this forces women to choose between buying cooking oil to feed their kids or buying heating oil to keep them from freezing since there isn’t enough money to purchase both.
Beasley remarked, “It’s a perfect storm on top of a perfect storm. “And with the droughts and the current fertilizer problems, we’re going to have a problem with food prices in 2022. The result was chaos everywhere.
In 2023, there would be a food availability issue, he said. “If we don’t get on top of this immediately, and I don’t mean next year, I mean this year,” he stated. And that won’t be very pleasant, you know.
Beasley noted that although the globe today produces enough food to feed all 7.7 billion people, farmers used fertilizer for 50% of that production. Without it, they cannot obtain huge yields. Russia, the second-largest fertilizer producer behind China, has difficulty getting its product onto international markets.
He responded, “We have to transfer those nutrients, and we have to move it rapidly. “Rice production in Asia is currently in a difficult situation. There are seeds in the earth.
Thirty-three million small farms feed over 70% of the population in Africa, and as of right now, “we’re several billion dollars short of what we need for fertilizers.” He said drought also affected Central and South America and that heat and drought had affected India. It might continue forever, he said.
However, “we’ve got to get the grains going, we’ve got to get the fertilizer out there for everyone, and we need to end the fighting,” he added, adding that the July agreement to move Ukrainian grain from three Black Sea ports is just the beginning.
According to Beasley, in addition to the United States, a $5 billion contribution for food security, Germany, France, and the European Union are also making contributions. With oil prices so high, he urged Gulf governments to “stand up more,” particularly to aid nations in their neighborhood like Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia.
Beasley clarified, “We’re not talking about asking for a trillion bucks here. To stabilize the planet, he added, “We’re merely talking about asking for a few days’ worths of your profits.”
The head of the WFP claimed that on Wednesday night, he also met with a group of billionaires. He claimed to have informed them of their “moral duty” and “need to care.”
Get involved in the game even if you don’t give it to the World Food Program or me. Get involved in the neighbor-loving and neighbor-helping game, Beasley said. “Throughout the world, people are enduring pain and dying—shame on us when a child dies from hunger every five seconds.
Zero Hunger Challenge
No one should go hungry in a world of abundance. We must cooperate to ensure that everyone receives the food they require because there will be 9 billion people on the planet by the year 2050. The onus is now on everyone to work together to end hunger around the globe, including governments, businesses, civic society, farmers, and individuals. This is because when hunger is eliminated, all possibilities are opened up.