G7 countries agree to create alliance against food crisis

The alliance will reduce the threat of a food crisis, which risks becoming the largest since World War II, G7 ministers expect. 1.2 billion people have already suffered from the rise in food prices, according to the UN ” alt=”G7 countries agree to create alliance against food crisis” />

Minister Svenja Schulze

G7 countries (G7: UK, Germany, Canada, Italy, France, Japan and the US) have agreed to create a global food security alliance to counter the threat of a crisis, German Economic Development Minister Svenja Schulze said after a meeting with colleagues, Frankfurter Rundschau reports.

“The worst food crisis since World War II is imminent,” — Schulze explained.— “That's why we must act decisively and together now and make sure that the grain quickly reaches the hungry.”

Within the framework of the alliance, it is planned to improve the coordination of existing programs in the field of reducing the threat of a food crisis, all countries can join it and are ready to work on this problem. The minister added that the association would not allow “the use of hunger as a means of exerting pressure.” In addition to providing short-term emergency assistance to countries in need, the alliance will create sustainable structures that “make countries more resilient to price shocks in world markets in the long term,” Aktuelle Nachrichten is quoted as saying.

< p>If the trend towards higher prices for agricultural products is consolidated, the head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Achim Steiner, warned at a ministerial meeting, “hundreds of millions of people will no longer be able to buy basic products.” He noted that by this day, 193 million people in 53 states cannot be sure that tomorrow they will have enough food for themselves or their families, this figure has doubled in six years— since 2016.

The rise in food prices led to “price shocks” in 69 countries around the world, 1.2 billion people were affected, Steiner emphasized, pointing out that this is about “a sixth of humanity.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke about the risk of a policy of “sanctions insanity”, expressing confidence that due to restrictive measures against Russia, many residents of European countries will face “intractable consequences”. “The Kremlin did not impose restrictions. We do not need to remove anything here, the restrictions imposed by the United States, European countries and others must be lifted here, — his press secretary Dmitry Peskov claimed.

The US authorities are confident that Russia is preventing the supply of 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine. According to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Ukrainian farmers are putting on helmets and body armor while continuing to harvest. “Ukrainians go to great lengths to feed their people and feed the world,” — he summarized.

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