The UN Food Relief Agency has warned that the world is on the brink of hunger pandemic and could face multiple famines of biblical proportions within few months if nations don’t act now to avoid funding shortfalls and disruptions to trade due to COVID-19.
David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP) said at a virtual session that, “While dealing with a COVID-19 pandemic, we are also on the brink of a hunger pandemic.”
“There are no famines yet. But I must warn you that if we don’t prepare and act now — to secure access, avoid funding shortfalls, and disruptions to trade – we could face grave situation ahead.
Millions of civilians living on the conflict-scarred nations are on the real danger line.
About, 821 million people go to bed chronically hungry every night all over the world.
UNESCO Warns Increased School and College Drop-out Rates
Assistant Director General for Education warns increased drop-out rates affecting adolescent girls. The situation of COVID has also the possibility of enhancing gender gaps in education, risk of sexual exploitation, early pregnancy, early and forced marriages.
It is estimated that over 154 crore students are severely impacted by closure of educational institutions across the world, of which girls will be worst hit.