WFP / BROLL HUNGER WORLDWIDE

15-Oct-2020 00:05:56
The World Food Programme (WFP) said that there is an urgent need to strengthen food systems as covid-19 drives up numbers of hungry people worldwide. WFP
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STORY: WFP / BROLL HUNGER WORLDWIDE
TRT: 5:56
SOURCE: WFP
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT WFP FOOTAGE ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 OCTOBER 2020, ROME, ITALY / RECENT
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13-14 JANURARY 2020, JUBA, NYAL, SOUTH SUDAN

1.Various shots, Loading Ilyushin 76 for airdrops. The massive plane is being loaded with 34 metric tons of food-enough to feed 3000 people for a month. WFP uses airdrops as a last resort to reach people isolated in places like Nyal.
2.Various shots, people recovering airdropped food in Nyal.

5 JULY 2020, TAIZ, YEMEN

3. Various shots, long queues for petrol, severe fuel shortages have hit the northern areas of Yemen, resulting in long queues at petrol stations. People are queuing for two or three days to fill up their vehicles.

8 SEPTEMBER 2020, TAIZ, YEMEN

4.Various shots, destruction from fighting in Taiz. 20 million people are food insecure due to 5 years of conflict which has currently escalated across over 40 frontlines.

11 SEPTEMBER 2020, HODEIDAH, YEMEN

5.Various shots, Othman market in Hodeidah. Fighting and the Covid-19 Pandemic has left Yemen is on the brink of economic collapse. Foreign currency reserves are nearing zero, while the currency has lost 25 percent of its value in 2020 alone – 70 percent compared to its pre-war value. Food prices are on average 140 percent higher than before the conflict, together with the depreciation of the exchange rate threatens to cause a dramatic food security crisis.

08 SEPTEMBER 2020, SANA’A, YEMEN

6.Various shots, nutrition clinic in Sana’a
7. Various shots, child being tested for malnutrition and treated by WFP with special fortified foods.

9 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

8.Various shots, destruction in Beirut Port including capsized ships, nearby buildings with shattered windows and destroyed grain silos. Before the explosion 85% of all food in Lebanon arrived through Beirut Port.

22 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

9.Various shots, unloading shipment of wheat flour at Beirut Port.
10. Various shots, WFP teams assembling temporary storage facilities. WFP has brought into Lebanon 12,500 metric tons of wheat flour to stabilize the price of bread across the country in September.

14 OCTOBER 2020, ROME, ITALY

11.SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, WFP Executive Director:
“This World Food Day is exceptional for the the World food Programme because we just were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for all the extraordinary work of our men and women who put their lives on the line every day to help people in war zones, conflict, destabilized areas and climate extremes. But I also think it was special because the Nobel Peace Prize committee recognize that the world is in trouble. And without food security you’ve got instability and you’ve got trouble. We know right now because of COVID and climate extremes and conflict, manmade conflict, we are facing now 270 million people on the brink of starvation. We need to act and we need to act now..”

13-17 SEPTEMBER 2020, SINDH PROVINCE, PAKISTAN

12. Various shots, flooding in Sindh Province. Pakistan’s rural Sindh region is an area that is subject to annual monsoons, but this year’s floods were particularly damaging. In the most recent flooding in August, scores of villages were destroyed, leaving thousands of people homeless. as of the 17th September 4,312 households had received food assistance.

16-20 JUNE 2020, PORT AU PRINCE, CAP HAITIEN, HAITI

13.Various shots, drone shot of Port au Prince
14. Various shots, people salvaging scraps from the rubble
15. Various shots, cars and motorbikes queuing at the gas station in Cap Haitien.

17-18 JUNE 2020, GRAND RIVIERE DU NORD, HAITI

16. Various shots, cash distribution with COVID-19 preventative measures in place including, social distancing, wearing masks and hand washing

22 JULY 2020, TEJUTLA, DEPARTMENT OF SAN MARCOS, GUATEMALA

17. Various shots, nutrition and health brigades

28 APRIL 2020, GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

18. Various shots, people wave white flags at the Anillo Periférico (one of the city’s main roads) and in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral as a sign that they are hungry and in need of food.
STORYLINE
The World Food Programme said that there is an urgent need to strengthen food systems as covid-19 drives up numbers of hungry people worldwide.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today joins its sister agencies in calling for global action to improve the systems that produce and distribute the food we eat, so that they can better withstand shocks including the COVID-19 pandemic that can spark alarming surges in the level of hunger in the world.

In many countries, the socio-economic effects of the pandemic – particularly loss of earnings and remittances – are heightening existing threats linked to conflict and climate change. The number of acutely hungry people in the world could increase by more than 100 million this year, according to WFP estimates. For particularly fragile countries, a slide towards famine is a real risk.

“‘The world produces enough food for everyone so it’s a problem not of scarcity but of access to nutritious and affordable food,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley, “Smallholder farmers in developing nations need support so they can grow crops in a more sustainable way, then store and transport their produce to markets, and ultimately improve their own livelihoods. When food moves from the farm, along the supply chain and onto people’s plates in a fair and efficient way, then everyone benefits.”

WFP, which last week won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to fight hunger, has unparalleled experience in buying and distributing food. Every year, WFP increases the amount of food it procures locally from smallholder farmers, providing training in post-harvest storage and in how to access markets. The aim is to build dynamic food systems which contribute to community-based agricultural growth and the strengthening of national economies.

The need for concerted action to improve agricultural production while enhancing global supply chains and ending food waste is reflected in this year’s World Food Day theme: “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together”. The three Rome-based agencies - WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – are calling for sustainable investment in food systems to achieve healthy diets for all. Without massive improvements in the food supply chain, many fragile nations are set to become increasingly vulnerable to financial volatility and climate shocks.

No one government or organisation can achieve these goals alone. More than ever, there is a need for global solidarity to help all people, and especially the most vulnerable, to confront the crises facing the planet – multiple conflicts, climate change and COVID-19.
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