Published: 2022-03-18 19:19
Last Updated: 2023-09-29 02:56
Friday, the director of the World Food Program made an urgent appeal to developed countries not to "neglect" countries that also need help, besides Ukraine.
"I am trying to educate the Europeans and the United States," David Beasley said during a call with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, devoted to discussing the situation of conflict-affected countries.
"As you focus on Ukraine, please do not neglect the Sahel region or Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. If you do that, the repercussions will be catastrophic, more than catastrophic," he added.
The director of the World Food Program, a Rome-based UN agency, warned of risks beyond exacerbating world famine, saying "there may be mass migration or destabilization" in the world.
He stated that without food security, peace is an illusion.
He stressed the terrible choice that the World Food Program faced today.
"The last thing I want to do is take seeds that were not produced in Ukraine and give them to Ukraine," he said.
"Is it fair that we take food in front of the Ethiopian children and give it to the Ukrainian children? No," he added.
"We cannot put ourselves in this situation," he said, noting that the World Food Program was doing everything to buy as much wheat as possible from Ukraine when it was available.
He recommended that donors and development banks adopt a more realistic approach by financing short to medium-term projects such as financing school meals, which has a direct impact on the population.