WFP head warns Covid-19 pandemic could provoke ‘famines of biblical proportions’

The UN World Food Program warns of potential famines of “biblical proportions” as the Covid-19 pandemic affects countries in an already dire situation. In an interview with FRANCE 24, David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations WFP, said he was particularly concerned about a disruption in the supply chain that allows his agency to provide food to dozens of million people worldwide.

WFP chief David Beasley has expressed confidence that donor countries will respond to a $ 4.7 billion appeal for funds this week by the United Nations to help those in need, despite the recession that has hit many rich countries. He also pointed out that senior Trump administration officials and key congressional leaders had reassured him that they understood the need to continue funding the food emergency.

However, he called on “the world’s billionaires” to do more, saying, “It is time for you to step in in a way that you have never stepped up before; people need … it’s a unique phenomenon and we need your help. “

However, he warned that the situation in Africa is likely to worsen in the coming weeks, largely due to the economic collapse caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Almost a quarter of a billion people will go to starvation because of Covid’s economic deterioration, wars, conflicts … It’s a perfect storm. I would really exaggerate, but we are really looking at what could be famines of biblical proportions in many countries, especially in Africa, “said Beasley. Marc Perelman of FRANCE 24.