Chancellor Scholz: Germany will help countries facing a food crisis Scholz promised not to leave poor countries alone who will face a food crisis because of what is happening in Ukraine. Earlier, Macron and Biden warned of the risk of food shortages. UNPO reveals record rise in food prices countries facing famine” />
Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Germany will provide support to states that will face problems in providing their own population with food due to the events in Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said during a speech at a rally in Düsseldorf, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.
“We already have to worry about the fact that there are people who will die of hunger, that there are countries that can no longer afford grain, — said the chancellor.
He added that the situation is leading to a global food crisis, but Berlin “will not leave these poor countries alone, we will support them.”
< p>Food prices in March rose by 12.6% to 159.3 points, which was a record for almost 30 years— since 1990, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported earlier, Kommersant reported. First of all, this dynamics was the result of a significant rise in prices for vegetable oils (by 23.2% in March compared to February) and grain crops (by 17.1%).
Russia and Ukraine are among the world's largest grain suppliers, according to a report by the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service. according to the latest data from the department, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— ten%. At the same time, Ukrainian suppliers— one of the main world exporters of corn, they account for 14%, Russian— 2%.
According to the FAO, almost 50 states depend on food supplies from Russia and Ukraine, which provide at least 30% of their wheat import needs with their help.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said at the end of March that food shortages could be one of the consequences of what is happening. He pointed out that the current situation hinders the sowing campaign. “The most terrible will be the famine that is approaching for different countries,” — he stressed.
Two days later, on March 24, French leader Emmanuel Macron warned of the risk of an unprecedented global food crisis. He explained that a number of countries that depend on grain supplies from Russia and Ukraine are already “experiencing difficulties”, citing Egypt as an example. According to Macron, the emergence of difficulties in a short period of time suggests that the situation will worsen in 12-18 months. American President Joe Biden agreed with him, who said that “food shortages will be real.”
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