The World Food Program head warned of possible food shortages in 2023
The head of the World Food Program, David Beasley, speaking on Capitol Hill, sounded the alarm about possible global food shortages next year.
“This is going to be the kind of crisis that will surpass anything we’ve seen in our lifetime,” he warned.
Beasley noted that in 2008, when the previous spike in global inflation and food prices occurred, civil unrest, protests and riots occurred in nearly 50 countries.
“The situation today, much, much worse, and we’re already starting to see destabilization in many countries: Sri Lanka, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso,” Beazley said. – We’re seeing protests and unrest in Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, Indonesia. I could go on and on.”
Beasley noted that the number of people facing severe food shortages before the Russian invasion of Ukraine was 276 million. Now it is projected to rise to 345 million. Of those, he said, 50 million in 45 countries are “knocking on the door of hunger.