Friday, May 27, 2022 by Arsenio Toledo
David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations’ (UN) World Food Program (WFP), recently said that the global food crisis has gotten so bad that the WFP has had no choice but to take food aid from countries with already limited resources to provide for those that are on the brink of famine.
Beasley made these remarks at a meeting with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, following a two-day visit to Yemen, which is currently spiraling into a catastrophe that the WFP’s own resources are unable to deal with as funding dries up.
“We have no choice but to take food from the hungry to feed the starving and, unless we receive immediate funding, in a few weeks we risk not even being able to feed the starving,” said Beasley. “This will be hell on earth.”
The WFP, like the rest of the UN and the Western world, has pinned the recent food crisis to the ongoing war in Ukraine. If it continues, the WFP warns that fuel and food prices will continue increasing, especially grains. (Related: American ambassador to the UN: Global food crisis has reached “highest level of alarm” because of Russia.)
In Yemen, food prices have more than doubled over the past year alone, thanks in part to the ongoing civil war. The WFP provides monthly food assistance to 13 million people in the country of approximately 30 million.
At the beginning of the year, the WFP was forced to halve food rations for eight million people due to a lack of funding. The other five million have continued to receive full food rations due to their immediate risk of slipping into famine conditions.
“Yemen has come full circle since 2018 when we had to fight our way back from the brink of famine but the risk today is more real than ever,” said Beasley. “And just when you think it can’t get any worse, the world wakes up to a conflict in Ukraine that is likely to cause economic deterioration around the world, especially for countries like Yemen, dependent on wheat imports from Ukraine and Russia. Prices will go up compounding an already terrible situation.”
Beasley has repeated the call of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy to end its blockade of Ukrainian ports. He urged for a “political situation” to allow Ukraine to continue exporting its agricultural products.
If the blockade doesn’t end, Beasley warned that this will further threaten global food security and will result in “famine, [the] destabilization of nations as well as mass migration by necessity.”
He made these remarks during a debate at the UN Security Council, where he urged world leaders to take action immediately to reopen Ukrainian ports.
“Truly, failure to open those ports in Odesa region will be a declaration of war on global food security,” he said. “When a mother has to choose between freezing her child or starving her child to death, something’s wrong. Especially when there’s so much wealth on the planet today – over $430 trillion worth.”
During his speech, Beasley noted that Ukraine’s grain silos are full. “Why are the silos full? Because the ports are not operating.”
“It is absolutely essential that we allow these ports to open because this is not just about Ukraine, this is about the poorest of the poor around the world who are on the brink of starvation as we speak,” he continued.
According to the UN’s data, there are currently 811 million chronically hungry people in the world. A record high of 276 million people are on the brink of starvation. This is a massive increase from the 135 million people on the brink of starving pre-Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Of these, nearly 49 million people in 43 countries are right on the edge of famine,” said Beasley.
The WFP director went on to warn countries against enacting protectionist policies which prevent other nations from benefiting from open food trade, as this is resulting in rapidly depleting global food supplies and skyrocketing food prices.
“Food pricing is our number one problem right now, as a result of all this perfect storm for 2022,” he said. “But by 2023, it very well will be a food availability problem. When a country like Ukraine that grows enough food for 400 million people is out of the market, it creates market volatility, which we are now seeing.”
Learn more about the deteriorating global food situation at FoodCollapse.com.
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