Le Drian calls for support for the Ukrainian agricultural sector, the country most affected by the war
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calls for food solidarity to support Ukraine and the countries most affected by the ongoing war. He also notes that the EU is seeking to avert a global food crisis with the help of the FARM initiative.
The best diplomat declared this at the Regional Conference for Europe of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), reports Ukrinform.
According to the French FM, global food security is increasingly threatened due to the war in Ukraine. The situation is already critical as more than 800 million people are already facing food-related challenges.
Jean-Yves Le Drian believes that the response to Russian military aggression against Ukraine must go through food solidarity. As Ukraine is an advanced agricultural nation that supplies cereals and other food products to world markets, the French Foreign Minister believes that the essence of European engagement in the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) food and agriculture) is to support the agricultural sector of Ukraine and the countries most affected by war today.
He underlined the importance for the FAO to deepen its work in analyzing the implications of the war on agricultural products from Ukraine. The draft decision, drafted by around 40 countries, calls for the intensification of collective European efforts. EU member states encourage their partners to accept it in order to send a strong signal to all Europeans, according to the minister.
“This is also the meaning of the meticulous work of the European Union to ensure that our economic sanctions do not affect our food security. They only target Russia’s ability to continue the war, as well as the elite Russian,” he added.
The Minister also highlighted the importance of the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) initiative for food security in the most vulnerable countries, adopted by the European Council in March, which aims to strengthen the sustainability of global food systems by coordination with other international initiatives. .
“We are confident that we can do it,” Le Drian said, stressing the importance of coordinating the private sector and key players in the multilateral food security system.
As reported by Ukrinform, the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences predicts that this year will see a decline in the production of almost all types of agricultural products in Ukraine.