And that could trigger a global shortages and economic shockwaves. Lowcock warns that the “obscene” chance of global famine in 2021 would inevitably lead to war and civil unrest. “In 2020, over 50 million people have been doubly hit: by climate-related disasters (floods, droughts and storms) and the COVID-19 pandemic,” a World Meteorological Organisation report states. “However, WHO is concerned that there is a growing perception that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.”WHO emergency response expert Mike Ryan says complacency presents a real risk. Inevitably, this would have a systemic impact on economic production and distribution – including food.