Hunger on the rise because of violence
Hunger is on the rise worldwide mainly because “people won’t stop shooting at each other,” the head of the United Nations (UN) food relief agency said. Then it told the Security Council that if it did more to break the link between conflict and hunger, countless lives could be saved.
David Beasley, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), told the 15-member body that resolving conflicts and ensuring peace are indispensable to achieve food security.
That link, he underscored, is both strong and highly destructive.
“If you don’t know where your child’s next meal is coming from, you may be forced to make impossible choices,” he said, noting that for one percent rise in the rate of hunger, there is a two percent increase in migration.
Speaking via videoconference from Biel, Switzerland, he called on the Council to help end war and stressed that the price of programmes to tackle the root causes of hunger is far cheaper that the cost of the current conflict cycle.
On top of this, UN said the conduct of combatants worsens the situation with their actions – contrary to international law – resulting in damage and destruction of water systems, farms, livestock and markets.