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DAVID BEASLEY: THE WORLD WILL FACE FAMINES OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS IN 2021

After a difficult period for all humanity in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 crisis, experts project worse problems in the coming period, including famines related to climate change and the pandemic.

In 2020, the problems related to the pandemic, such as the lack of seasonal workers, caused food production interruptions, and several countries begin to implement more protectionist policies in agriculture and food to provide food security for their citizens.

While large wheat producer countries, such as Russia, limit or ban wheat exports, some other countries, including China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, increase their wheat stocks.

Besides the ongoing issues, climate change and drought also continue to threaten agricultural production globally.

David Beasley, the UN World Food Program’s (WFP) executive director, said in November that the world will face famines of biblical proportions in 2021.

“The impact on food security has been catastrophic. Pre-COVID-19, analyses found the number of people facing severe food insecurity was expected to exceed about 17 million people out 29-30 million people in 2020,” Beasley noted.

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