Major agricultural powers promise food security despite war in Ukraine

The European Union, the United States, Canada and Australia have pledged to work together to produce food “for everyone”.

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

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 press release, also promising to keep food markets open.

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. They are still demanding that the products purchased by the World Food Programme, on the front line in an attempt to compensate for the losses incurred on the world agricultural market from the gigantic Ukrainian production of grain or oil, be exempt 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.

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