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World Food Program (WFP) Chief David Beasley has urged billionaires to fight world food hunger.

Senior United Nations (UN) food officials, including WFP chief David Beasley, have urged billionaires and businesses to help fight global hunger, revealing that “no less than 270 million people in the world suffer from severe malnutrition, and no less than 30 million people risk dying of hunger, in particular with the health crisis linked to the Coronavirus (Covid-19).”

The United Nations World Food Program executive director, David Beasley, said on Thursday that the organization needed $4.9 billion to feed the vulnerable people for a year.

“In the world, there are over 2,000 billionaires with a net worth of $8 trillion. In my home country, the United States, there are 12 people worth a trillion dollars alone,” Beasley told a UN Security Council panel on conflict-induced hunger.

Beasley pointed out that 2021 is a milestone year. “The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated pervasive food insecurity caused by years of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Yemen, and South Sudan” he said. “The 270 million people who are on the verge of famine need our help more than ever.” World Food Program (WFP) is working with governments in more than 50 countries to expand its safety net and help 138 million people avoid what Beasley calls the “hunger pandemic”.

“We’re doing pretty much everything to curb the hunger pandemic. But without the resources we need, there is still a wave of famine and hunger threatening to invade the world.” Beasley said.

“It’s time for those who have the most to help those who have the least, at this extraordinary time in the history of the world. To show that you truly love your neighbour,” said Beasley. “The world needs you now, and it’s time to do the right thing.”

World leaders have pledged to end hunger and malnutrition in the world by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Beasley praised the efforts of countries around the world to help their citizens during the pandemic, as well as the advanced economies of the G-20 and the IMF to suspend the debt repayment of the poorest countries.

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