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Major famine expected in 2021

Failed Harvest

Last month, when the United Nation’s World Food Programme won the Nobel Peace Prize, its executive director, David Beasley, took the opportunity to warn that without drastic measures fueled by a massive influx of funding, the world faces “famines of biblical proportions in 2021.”

“The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is a humbling, moving recognition of the work of WFP staff who lay their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance for close to 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world. People whose lives are often brutally torn apart by instability, insecurity, and conflict,” Beasley said in response to the award. “Every one of the 690 million hungry people in the world today has the right to live peacefully and without hunger. Today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has turned the global spotlight on them and on the devastating consequences of conflict.”

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