Updated: Mar 26, 2021
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is undertaking the biggest humanitarian response in its history, ramping up the number of people it helps with food to up to 138 million from a record 97 million in 2019. The announcement of their plans to assist this massive number of hungry people resulting from the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 pushing millions more people into food insecurity in low and middle-income countries, took place on 29 June.
David Beasley, executive director at WFP, says the frontline in the battle against the coronavirus is shifting from the rich world to the poor world. He says until the day a medical vaccine is available, food is the best vaccine against chaos and without it, he can see increased social unrest, protests, a rise in migration, deepening conflict and widespread undernutrition among populations previously immune to hunger.