We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the Union European Union, discussed the implications of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine on global food security and welcomed UN The Secretary-General’s initiative to convene a “Global Food, Energy and Finance Crisis Response Group” (GCRG).
The geopolitical landscape has fundamentally changed. Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated war of aggression has exacerbated the global economic outlook with a sharp rise in food, fuel and energy prices. Combined with Russia’s blocking of Ukrainian grain exit routes, the world now faces worsening food insecurity and malnutrition. This is having devastating consequences for some of the most vulnerable people and rising costs are also making it harder for humanitarian and development agencies to deliver assistance to those who need it most. This was at a time when 43 million people were already one step away from starvation.
The G7 and the wider international community must remain united against Russia and help the most vulnerable in the South. Calling on Russia to immediately cease its war of aggression and end its blockade (and all other activities) that further hamper Ukrainian food production and exports is only the first step. Collective global action, now and in the future, will be vital: looking ahead, the G7 and its allies around the world must ensure this never happens again.
We will address, including in support of the UN Global Crisis Response Group, the causes and consequences of the global food crisis through a global alliance for food security, as part of our joint initiative to provide the momentum and coordination that will be launched by the G7 Development Ministers at their meeting, and other efforts. We will work closely with international partners and organizations beyond the G7, with the aim of turning political commitments into concrete actions, as envisioned by various international initiatives such as the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) and major regional initiatives awareness-raising, in particular towards African and Mediterranean countries with the next Mediterranean Ministerial Dialogue on the food security crisis. We welcome the May 18 Ministerial Meeting on the Call to Action for Global Food Security.
We have taken note of the GCRG Task Team report of April 14, 2022 and look forward to the second report to come. We also fully support the commitments made by the G7 Agriculture Ministers at their meeting on 13-14 May 2022 in Stuttgart, Germany.
We, the G7 Foreign Ministers, while recognizing that this crisis goes beyond food insecurity and requires a global response, commit to the following principles for action on global food security:
Support Ukraine in maintaining its agricultural production, storage, transport and processing; as well as supporting Ukraine and its regional partners in boosting exports. Call on the international community to establish channels of agricultural solidarity, with the aim of supporting Ukraine’s ability to export its agricultural production.
Support the humanitarian system in providing urgent assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles to people threatened by food crises, in particular those facing famine, including by strengthening our contributions to the World Food Program and other relief actors, with approaches favoring local purchases.
Pursue our work on the necessary transformation towards sustainable agricultural and food systems and support the strengthening of global governance in order to achieve resilient agricultural and food systems. Relevant UN and other organizations for food security and nutrition, such as the Committee on World Food Security, among others, can play a central role.
Foster sustainable practices, reduce food waste and loss and, where possible, sustainably increase our own production of agricultural products in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while protecting the climate, biodiversity and the environment , in particular by tackling climate change and biodiversity challenges.
Provide food producers with adequate access to seeds, fertilizers, fuel and other agricultural inputs and overcome difficulties in accessing agricultural land and transport routes given the impact of the conflict on security and safety. We also support the generation and sharing of knowledge for sustainable agricultural practices, including agroecological and other innovative approaches, to achieve sustainable and resilient food systems.
Mitigate the consequences of the current food crisis by avoiding undue signals and measures that restrict exports and lead to further increases in food and agricultural input prices. We further commit to promoting rules-based international trade for the mutual benefit of exporting and importing countries and by supporting innovations in the transport, storage and processing sector to increase resilience to future crises. It is essential to further enhance market transparency in this respect. The 12 WTO The ministerial conference to be held in mid-June should yield results on this issue.
Also support collaboration to track and share information, including early warning information on worsening global humanitarian risks, assist countries in humanitarian crisis facing growing food insecurity, through increased and prioritized support to anticipate and respond to the crisis.
Welcome the resilience package announced by the World Bank Group as well as the crisis response proposals of other multilateral development banks. We look forward to seeing their firm proposals in June to support critical priorities in the countries/regions hardest hit by the economic fallout, including initiatives to address urgent food insecurity in the short to medium term and to promote timely disbursements.