Head of the UN- World Food Program announces ‘Unprecedented Food Crisis’

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Sounds a bit like what many of us have been saying for years: global starvation by late 2022 (as a consequence of climate change policies, Covid mandates/ lockdowns and the timely war, before the effects of the Grand Solar Minimum become apparent).

“You think we’ve got hell on Earth now, you just get ready,” Beasley warned.

from Politico EU Confidential. By Cristina Gonzalez, Andrew Gray and Paul Dallison.

David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP)

It’s David Beasley’s job to keep food aid at the top of the global political agenda — and to bang the drum for big bucks to support the cause.

Although he’s now head of a Rome-based U.N. agency, Beasley once served as the Republican governor of the U.S. state of South Carolina and he has an American politician’s knack for punchy soundbites.

And despite his convivial southern drawl, his latest message has an ominous tone.

“We’ve got catastrophe on top of catastrophe,” Beasley warned.

He says that unless he can shore up an $8 billion hole in his budget, the world will experience an unprecedented global food crisis. And he’s asking the EU, national governments and wealthy individuals to help fill that gap.

“I have a short-term phenomenon right now, a perfect storm,” Beasley told POLITICO’s Eddy Wax on the sidelines of a humanitarian conference in Brussels.

The storm that Beasley describes includes inflation due to the pandemic, climate change and ongoing wars, including Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which is among the world’s biggest producers and exporters of grain along with Russia.

“You think we’ve got hell on Earth now, you just get ready,” Beasley warned.

The American came to Brussels to make his pitch directly to European officials. But he’s also known for calling out the mega-rich — even getting into a Twitter tussle with billionaire Elon Musk over the efficacy of his mission to solve world hunger.

Beasley was born in Lamar, South Carolina — a tiny town with a population of about 1,000 people. He got into politics at the age of just 21 as an elected member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and went on to become the Palmetto State’s governor in the 1990s.

In 2017, then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley — another former South Carolina governor — nominated Beasley to head up the world’s largest humanitarian organization, which is a member of the U.N. family.

In December 2020, the WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which Beasley accepted on behalf of the organization.

Despite that recent milestone, Beasley warned European leaders of the consequences of failing to meet the moment.

“If you want starvation, destabilization of nations and mass migration … don’t fund us,” he said.

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  1. We had better get decent rain soon in the “Palliser triangle” of southern [Alberta, Saskatchewan,Manitoba] soon or following last year’s dryness, or there could be a problem for crops & livestock here. “Palliser [who surveyed the area 1857-59] suggested that the region was a northern extension of the larger central desert of the United States.” ( Northern areas of the provinces should be OK? In the “dirty 930s”, were problems in the Ukraine an China as well as the Palliser triangle. While Ukraine problems have always been described in terms of the failures of collective farming, maybe that wasn’t the whole story, perhaps not even the bigger part of it?


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