A senior UN official has warned that Europe must either pay more for food aid abroad or face a migration crisis “hell on earth”.
Pay for the developing world’s food or face another migration crisis – that’s the ultimatum the head of the UN’s World Food Program has issued to European leaders.
The dramatic warning comes as the global organization begins to struggle to pay for the food it donates to famine-stricken parts of the world, with the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine disrupting food supplies on a global scale. world and, by extension, driving up prices.
Now, according to a report by POLITICSthe head of the food program has warned that his project is in danger and that Europe must either release more funds for the UN group’s mission or face a terrible migrant crisis.
“We are missing billions,” said World Food Bank Executive Director David Beasley. “Failure to provide a few billion extra dollars this year means you’re going to have starvation, destabilization and mass migration.”
“If you think we have hell on earth now, get ready,” the former South Carolina governor continued. “If we neglect North Africa, North Africa comes to Europe. If we neglect the Middle East, [the] The Middle East is coming to Europe.
However, Beasley was keen to stress that it is not just a migration crisis that Europe is at risk with the current food crisis. The former Republican politician painted a picture of mass unrest in Africa, Europe and the United States following the ongoing crisis.
“What do you think will happen in Paris, Chicago and Brussels when there is not enough food?” He asked. “It’s easy to sit on your high horse in your ivory tower when you’re not the starving one.”
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Beasley’s dire ultimatum — while no doubt a bit more graphic than other officials’ warnings — is mostly in line with other experts’ future predictions.
Ukraine – dubbed the breadbasket of Europe – is responsible for a significant share of global wheat production, with Russia and itself holding around 30% of the global grain market.
Both countries also play an important role in the production and export of fertilizers, without which crop yields could be reduced by up to 50% in Sweden, for example.
However, due to the ongoing conflict, exports have largely come to a halt, with Russian vessels preventing Ukrainian vessels from accessing the Black Sea and supplying the world.
The combination of these factors means a global food crisis is likely, with many experts now warning of starvation in parts of the world most at risk.
“Over the past three years, global hunger and starvation rates have increased,” said Michael Fakhri, UN special rapporteur on the right to food. “With the Russian invasion, we now face the risk of impending starvation and starvation in more places around the world.”
Things are looking particularly bad for the World Food Programme, however, with Ukraine previously the main food source for the program in 2021, and rising global food prices have led to major budget shortfalls that Beasley now looks desperate for. to get. Europe must help fill it.
While it will no doubt be another unwanted expense for the continent at a time when purse strings are already tight, the ex-governor warns the bloc has little choice.
“If you don’t, you will pay a hundredfold,” he warned.
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