NOTE TO MEDIA
MAY 19, 2022
*The following statement is issued by the United States as Chair of a Ministerial Meeting on Global Food Security held at United Nations Headquarters and endorsed by Albania, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mauritania, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ukraine and Yemen: *
We are issuing this Roadmap for Global Food Security – Call to Action to affirm our commitment to act urgently, at scale and in concert to meet the urgent food security and nutrition needs of millions of people. in vulnerable situations around the world. We commit to providing immediate humanitarian assistance, building the resilience of people in vulnerable situations, supporting social protection and safety nets, and strengthening sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems in line with the goals of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and its Development Goals and the goals of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.
We note with deep concern that the recently published Global Report on Food Crises 2022 indicates that the number of people facing acute food insecurity has increased significantly, from 135 million in 2019 to 193 million in 2021 in the 53 countries that have most in need of assistance, and that nearly 40 million people in 36 countries have experienced emergency levels of acute food insecurity, one step closer to famine. Driven by conflict, climate-related extreme events, such as historic multi-seasonal droughts and floods; economic shocks, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods, incomes and food prices; and a host of other threats to human, animal and plant health, the outlook for food security for 2022 and beyond is bleak. This situation is aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which further aggravates this already dire situation. We call on all UN Member States, international organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia to urgently support the emergency response to meet humanitarian needs and also focus on building food systems resilient and sustainable, especially for those most vulnerable to food insecurity. and undernutrition.
We reaffirm the vital role of the United Nations system, its implementing partners and non-governmental organizations in responding to the global food security crisis, in particular through the work of the World Food Programme, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Children’s Fund and Global Network Against Food Crises. We strongly support the UN Secretary-General’s rapid initiative to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive response through the UN Secretariat’s Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance (GCRG) . We thank the UN Secretary-General for his consistent leadership in raising awareness and collective action on food security and food systems transformation.
We welcome the efforts of the G7 under the leadership of the German Presidency to prioritize and respond to the escalating global food security crisis, including the establishment of a global alliance for food security. We recall the G7 Famine Prevention Pact agreed during the UK Presidency and look forward to addressing food security as an essential element of social, economic and environmental development under Indonesia’s G20 Presidency, also recalling the declaration of Matera of the G20 on food security, nutrition and the Food systems promoted under the Italian presidency of the G20. We salute the various initiatives taken by the African Union (AU) for the elimination of hunger and food insecurity in Africa under the Senegalese presidency. In this regard, we recall the AU theme for the year 2022: Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: Strengthening Agrifood Systems, Health and Social Protection Systems for the accelerated development of human, social and economic capital. We take note of various other international initiatives, such as the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM).
We welcome the commitment of multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to combine their expertise and financing to rapidly increase political and financial support to countries and households vulnerable to the food security crisis and to increase production national agriculture and supplies to the affected countries. as part of a transition to sustainable food systems. We are pleased that these commitments have been incorporated into the IFI Action Plan to Combat Food Insecurity.
Recognizing that the impacts of global food insecurity and the ability to respond to it are unevenly distributed across countries, and that conflict, climate change and macroeconomic shocks threaten global food security both immediately and in the future, Going forward, we call on all UN Member States to commit to addressing immediate humanitarian needs and disruptions, including by ensuring full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to populations in need. We call on UN Member States to rapidly provide additional contributions to urgent humanitarian appeals in areas most affected by acute hunger, which are experiencing the combined effects of multiple historic shocks and where the greatest number of lives are at risk in due to food insecurity and malnutrition. .
We also call on all UN Member States to work together to mitigate the medium and long-term impacts of recent shocks to global agriculture and food systems. We must collectively mitigate fertilizer shortages and the resulting threat to food production, increase investments in agricultural capacity and resilience, protect people in vulnerable situations from impacts on their food security, nutrition and well-being. to be, and maintain, high-level global political engagement on these critical issues.
As part of the Roadmap for Global Food Security – Call to Action, we call for the following actions:
UN Member States with resources to make further additional financial donations to major humanitarian organizations providing immediate life-saving humanitarian assistance, including cash, food and nutrition, health and nutrition programmes, water and sanitation and humanitarian protection to populations at greatest risk, while strengthening their resilience to multiple shocks to the extent possible.
UN Member States with available resources, including those with large emergency food stocks, to provide in-kind donations and associated costs needed by major humanitarian organizations for food transport and delivery, on based on needs assessed by governments of affected countries or humanitarian organizations.
All UN Member States must keep their food and agricultural markets open and avoid unjustified restrictive measures, such as food or fertilizer export bans, which increase market volatility and threaten food security and nutrition globally, especially among people already in vulnerable situations are experiencing increased poverty, hunger and malnutrition, and call on all members to ensure safe shipping in the Black Sea.
UN member states with resources to temporarily increase fertilizer production to offset shortages, support fertilizer innovations and promote methods to maximize fertilizer efficiency, invest in production diversification sustainable fertilizer and increase the use of residues as fertilizer to create longer-term supply chain resilience for this key input.
UN Member States with resources to scale up efforts to support the sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems to make them more resilient and available to smallholder farmers, and strengthen infrastructure, logistical support and l innovation needed to grow, store and distribute food.
All UN Member States must increase their investments in research to develop and implement science-based and climate-resilient agricultural innovations, including seeds, that contribute to building agricultural sectors and food systems durable and resilient.
All UN Member States and regional organizations should closely monitor markets affecting food systems, including futures markets, to ensure full transparency and share reliable and up-to-date data and information on market developments world food, in particular through the relevant international organizations.
We note the many commitments made today in response to this Roadmap for Global Food Security – Call to Action and call for the mobilization of additional resources to implement this roadmap as a matter of urgency.
We will regularly review the actions outlined in this Roadmap for Global Food Security – Call to Action, and coordinate commitments and their implementation with UN system agencies, G7, G20, multilateral banks development and international financial institutions, and other partners, as appropriate.
Better coordination at country level is essential, especially to support the work of the CGRG in partner countries. We will intensify our efforts in this regard, including enhanced reporting on actions and impact on the ground to avoid further shocks and socio-economic risks.