Food crisis, the alarm grows. Biden: “The food shortage will be a real emergency”

Washington, March 24, 2022 – Alarm of a possible is growing food crisis in the coming months, triggered by the war in ukraine. “The food emergency will be realthe price of the sanctions is not only paid by Russia but also by our European allies”, declared the American president Joe Biden. “We discussed how to fill any food shortages,” he said at a press conference in Brussels after the NATO summit.

“Putin’s war is putting increasing pressure on global food security“, underline the leaders of the G7, promising to use “all financial instruments and mechanisms to address food security and the resilience of the agricultural sector”. FAO extraordinary session “to deal with the consequences on world food security and agriculture resulting from the Russian aggression against Ukraine”. The G7 pledged to “provide sustainable food supplies to Ukraine and support its food production efforts”. The leaders promise to work with all relevant multinational organizations to support “acutely food insecure countries”.

Wheat (photo Ansa)

Macron: unprecedented food crisis

Always today French President Emmanuel Macron he repeated that “we are entering an unprecedented food crisis” and that “the worst will happen in 12 to 18 months”. During a press conference in Brussels after the G7, he explained that “the war in Ukraine makes it impossible to sow as it should”, he added. Macron proposed an emergency plan for global food security and grain production today, at EU and G7 summits in Brussels, in a bid to address the risks of ‘famine’ that war could bring. in Ukraine.

The Middle East and Africa are in great danger

A subject that Macron himself had raised on March 10 and 11 at the Versailles summit. At today’s two summits, Macron launched a call for “responsibility” in Moscow, to allow the completion of sowing in Ukraine. Otherwise, the war will cause “an inevitable famine” between 12 and 18 months, with the risk of a grain shortage in Egypt and North Africa.

In the near and Middle East and Africa, some countries are very dependent on cereals produced in Russia and Ukraine to feed their population, in particular – recalled Macron – Egypt which “depends on 80% of them”. So, “as President of the Council of the EU and in agreement with the African Union”.

Macron has proposed “an initiative for food security”, which considers above all “an emergency destocking plan in the event of a crisis to avoid any situation of shortage and moderate price increase”. Another chapter, “obtain a multilateral commitment not to impose restrictions on the export of agricultural raw materials”, to avoid blockages such as those which had affected the exports of vaccines during Finally, the head of the Elysée wished “since this summer a coordinated action of the producing countries to temporarily increase the production thresholds when possible” and “apply a volume allocation mechanism to ensure the access to all, especially the most vulnerable, in sufficient quantities and at reasonable prices.

This distribution mechanism – he explained – “is inspired by the initiative on the distribution of anti-Covid vaccines in the poorest countries”. Macron also suggested helping production in the most affected countries, “by significantly increasing investment in permanent food production and agricultural production chains”. The French president specified that he had presented his initiative to his G7 counterparts, mainly large producers, to engage them in this direction, and that he intends to extend the initiative within the framework of the G20.

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