Although President Trump had his heart set on the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, he did not actually make the cut. That honor has gone to the United Nations World Food Programme. The WFP deserves it too, as they are the world’s largest humanitarian agency.
“Every one of the 690 million hungry people in the world today has the right to live peacefully and without hunger,” said WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley, in a statement. “Today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has turned the global spotlight on them and on the devastating consequences of conflict.”WFP
How do you manage to become the world’s largest humanitarian agency? It starts by assisting 100 million people in 88 different countries. The WFP provides food and other assistance with the help of 5,600 trucks, 30 ships, and 100 planes. That is a lot of food!
Whenever there is a food emergency due to climate change, pandemics, natural disaster, or war, the WFP is there to help people maintain access to food. We have already called attention to the news that the United Nations has declared a ‘Food Emergency’, and we will continue to insist this issue requires more attention than it has been getting.
The numbers of people going hungry are expected to double in 2020, and that is a serious crisis as there are already an estimated 690 million people are food insecure. Famine is worse in areas that experience violent conflict and pressure from climate change. Now these areas are effected by the additional threat posed by the Covid-19 global pandemic. Globally, the number of people experiencing acute hunger will increase to 270 million.
For 2020, the WFP hopes to increase their reach to be able to provide food to 138 million people. Sadly, they will not be able to provide assistance to everyone who needs it. They could, however. There is spare money sitting around in the bank accounts of billionaires.
Hunger and violent conflict are believed to go hand in hand, so for that reason, the WFP asserts that food is a tool for peace. In 21 nations that are currently experiencing violent conflict, there are 74 million people suffering from acute hunger. In Yemen alone, almost 505 of all children have stunted growth due to malnutrition.
“There’s no two ways about it — we can’t end hunger unless we put an end to conflict.”David Beasley, WFP Executive Director
You can donate to the United Nations World Food Programme here. If the billionaires won’t solve this, it will have to be us little people.