UN Admits Russian Exports Can Solve Global Food Crisis


Machines are put into operation to harvest wheat on a farm in Russia. Photo/REUTERS

NEW YORK – Food and fertilizer products from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus must be allowed on world markets if the global community is to stem the ongoing food crisis.

The statement was made by the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres at a ministerial meeting on global food security on Wednesday (18/5/2022).

“Let’s be clear, there is no more effective solution to the food crisis without the reintegration of Ukrainian food production, as well as food and fertilizers produced by Russia and Belarus, into the world market,” he stressed.

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Earlier this month, Guterres warned that a fifth of humanity was at risk of poverty and hunger due to the current situation in the wheat market, with wheat prices soaring following Western sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stated the threat of global hunger was the result of the West’s “sanctions obsession”.

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According to Guterres, instead of being the sole cause of the current food crisis, Russian military operations have added to the problems that are already affecting the situation, namely climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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