Global food crisis could worsen if Ukrainian port of Odesa is not opened, UN official says

David Beasley, head of the UN World Food Programme

© APA | David Beasley, head of the UN World Food Programme

# 23 May 2022 18:33 (UTC +04:00)

The world faces a “perfect storm within a perfect storm” when it comes to the food crisis, according to the head of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley, APA reports citing CNN.

Beasley explained that currently the world is facing a food pricing problem but with issues over fertilizer and food production we could “very well have a food availability problem." He added that if the port of Odesa is not opened, it will only compound the problem.

There are 49 million people in 43 countries who are “knocking on famine’s door” and the world would face famine, destabilization and mass migration if we don’t get ahead of the problem, he said while speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Beasley stressed that “there are enough leaders in Davos this week to end world hunger.”

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