UN urges governments to act on famine

Workers prepare food at a distribution centre supported by the World Food Program in Sanaa, Yemen, June 3, 2020 (CNS/Khaled Abdullah, Reuters)

More than 260 non-governmental organisations worldwide have signed an open letter urging governments to donate $7.1 billion to prevent famine from affecting 34 million people in 2021. Source: SBS News.

The sum was called for by the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in March to swiftly scale up action to avert famine.

The NGOs, including Caritas Internationalis, said donations so far this year had been a mere fraction of what was required to prevent situations from worsening in hunger hotspots around the world.

“We call on you to provide the additional $US5.5 billion ($7.1 billion AUD)  needed for urgent food assistance to reach more than 34 million girls, boys, women and men around the globe who are a step away from famine,” the open letter said.

“This assistance must begin immediately and reach as directly as possible the people most in need, now, so they can take action to feed themselves today and in the future.”

The letter was penned by NGOs working with an estimated 270 million people “facing hunger, starvation or famine all over the world”.

“These people are not starving, they are being starved.

“It is human actions that are driving famine and hunger and it is our actions that can stop the worst impacts,” the NGOs insisted.

“There is no place for famine and starvation in the 21st century. History will judge us all by the actions we take today.”


With 34 million people a 'step away from famine', governments are being urged to quickly scale up action (SBS News)


Open Letter Famine Prevention (International Council of Voluntary Agencies)

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