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