France and international partners announced plans to help food production affected by the Ukraine war

A wheat crop is harvested in a field near the village of Zgorivka, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the Kyiv region, Ukraine on August 9, 2022. REUTERS/Vyacheslav Mosianko

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PARIS (Reuters) – France held a meeting this week with partners including African countries, United Nations bodies and the European Union to urgently address the global food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, the Elysee presidential palace said.

The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, comes as President Emmanuel Macron this week urged neutral nations – many of them in the Global South – to stand with Ukraine and the West.

“Tensions in the food market have increased more than ever in the context of the war in Ukraine,” the French presidency said in a statement, confirming its warning of a global food crisis caused by the war.

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began in late February, affected the market for fertilizers and crops, much of which is produced in Ukraine, and this, in turn, led to a sharp rise in food prices.

Ukraine has been unable to export most of its crops this year due to the war while energy-intensive fertilizer production has been hit hard by rising energy prices around the world.

“The European Union has invoked existing exemptions on all agri-food products and provided additional guidance to clarify the applicability of the sanctions regime to Russia,” the Elysee said, adding that it also intends to launch an emergency fertilizer procurement mechanism for Africa.

The Elysee also said a meeting with the chief executives of fertilizer producers would take place in Paris before the upcoming G20 summit in mid-November to expand production as quickly as possible.

“Finally, we call on gas producers around the world to take responsibility for curbing price hikes and ensuring market transparency, which are essential to maintaining fertilizer production capacity in all regions of the world,” added the Elysee.

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(Tassilo Hamel reports). Edited by Sudeep Kar Gupta

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