New Delhi: ‘Next year is going to be worse than 2020’, warned the head of the World Food Program (WFP), which was awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2020. In an interview with The Associated Press, David Beasley, the head of the WFP asserted that the Nobel Peace Prize has given the UN agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders about 2021. He claimed that without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.” Also Read - Ready to Work With Centre for Speedy Vaccination: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
“It was so timely because we’ve been fighting to get above the choir,” Beasley said of last month’s award, pointing to the news being dominated by the US presidential polls and the coronavirus pandemic, and the difficulty of getting global attention focused on “the travesty that we’re facing around the world.” Also Read - Maharashtra Records 5439 COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, State Says no Plan to Impose Lockdown
He also talked about his warning to the UNSC in April about the hunger pandemic. Beasley stated that the world was on the verge of a hunger pandemic that could lead to ‘multiple famines of biblical proportions’, but ‘we were able to avert it in 2020 … because the world leaders responded with money, stimulus packages, deferral of debt’. Also Read - Psychic Who 'Predicted' COVID-19 Pandemic And Trump's Defeat Now Tells You For How Long Pandemic Will Last
He also cautioned countries of another wave of lockdowns and shutdowns following rise in COVID-19 cases and deterioration in economies,especially in low- and middle-income countries.