$6.8bn required over the next six months to avert scarcity of food, says WFP

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week, will have to raise $6.8bn over the next half year in order to avert famine amid the COVID-19 crisis, the agency said.

The Rome-based agency said it had so far raised $1.6 billion.

“We’ve got a lot more money to raise to make certain we avert famine,” David Beasley, executive director of the WFP, said, noting that 7 million people had died from hunger this year.

Notably, the World Food Programme won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat food insecurity and hunger worldwide.