Major agricultural powers promise food security despite war in Ukraine

Major agricultural powers, including the European Union, the United States, Canada and Australia, pledged Friday, May 6, 2022 to ensure world food security despite the shocks caused by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

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“Sufficient food for everyone”

“We pledge to work together to ensure there is enough food for everyone, including the poorest, most vulnerable and displaced people” write these 51 members of the World Trade Organization in a joint statement.

They also promise to keep agricultural and food markets “open, predictable and transparent by not imposing unjustified trade restrictive measures” on agro-food products or key products for agricultural production.

The signatory members also underline that the emergency measures taken to deal with the situation must cause the least distortion possible, be temporary, targeted and proportional.

Wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower oil…

They are still demanding that the products purchased by the World Food Program – in the front line of trying to compensate for the losses incurred on the world agricultural market from the gigantic Ukrainian production of grains or oil – be free from any export restrictions or bans. .

Russia and Ukraine are two major exporters of wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower oil. Russia is also the world’s largest supplier of fertilizers and gas.

The Russian offensive in Ukraine on February 24 and the economic sanctions that rained down on Moscow interrupted deliveries of wheat and other foodstuffs from the two countries, sending food prices soaring as well as those of fuels, in particular in emerging countries.

Major agricultural powers promise food security despite war in Ukraine

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