Alliance Joins 260+ Global Orgs in Call For Action Against Unprecedented Hunger Emergency
April 21, 2021
Michelle Nikfarjam | Alliance to End Hunger
The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently warned that urgent action must be taken to avert mass famine brought on by conflict and insecurity, climate extremes, economic shocks and now, the effects of COVID-19 that have together pushed 34 million people worldwide into emergency levels of acute hunger in 2021.
In response, the Alliance to End Hunger has joined over 260 international NGOs and civil society organizations from around the world in signing an open letter calling on national governments to urgently increase humanitarian aid amid the threat of an impending famine of catastrophic proportions.
This letter comes four months after the December 2020 special session of the UN General Assembly on COVID-19, which features expert speakers and panelists. David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), warned that 2021 could be the worst crisis since the establishment of the United Nations, with 270 million “marching towards starvation,” which doubles the nearly 135 million people facing acute food insecurity or worse before the pandemic.
COVID-19 is greatly exacerbating hunger in the world’s hunger hotspots and creating new epicenters of hunger in countries around the world, where millions of people lack the resources to purchase or access food and have thus been pushed over the edge by the pandemic. The WFP and FAO single out Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria as top priorities from a list of over 20 countries facing high levels of acute hunger, emphasizing that families in these areas are already at emergency or even catastrophic levels of food insecurity.
In signing onto the letter, the Alliance supports the proposed 5.5 billion in collective global funding for urgent food assistance, cash transfers and emergency livelihood interventions. It is critical we push for actions in the short term that provide life-saving assistance to stop millions of people from dying of starvation. However, as a global community, we must commit to investing in solutions that work to end poverty and hunger, giving people the resources and tools to build more resilient futures, adapt to the changing climate and mediate any future economic shocks.