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Russia-Ukraine war: World Bank, IMF call for urgent action on food security


Russia-Ukraine war: World Bank, IMF call for urgent action on food security

Russia-Ukraine war: World Bank, IMF call for urgent action on food security

The World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) have demanded for urgent action on food security, especially for fragile countries and those affected by conflict.

This was contained in a joint statement issued on Wednesday ahead of the 2022 spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group next week signed by David Malpass, World Bank Group president, Kristalina Georgieva, IMF managing director, David Beasley, UN World Food Program (WFP) executive director and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO director-general.

The global bodies proposed actions to help vulnerable countries by providing emergency food supplies and deploying financial support to households and countries, facilitating unhindered trade and investing in sustainable food production and nutrition security.

“The world is shaken by compounding crises. The fallout of the war in Ukraine is adding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that now enters its third year, while climate change and increased fragility and conflict pose persistent harm to people around the globe,” the statement reads.

“Sharply higher prices for staples and supply shortages are increasing pressure on households worldwide and pushing millions more into poverty. The threat is highest for the poorest countries with a large share of consumption from food imports, but vulnerability is increasing rapidly in middle-income countries, which host the majority of the world’s poor.

“World Bank estimates warn that for each one percentage point increase in food prices, 10 million people are thrown into extreme poverty worldwide.

“The rise in food prices is exacerbated by a dramatic increase in the cost of natural gas, a key ingredient of nitrogenous fertiliser. Surging fertiliser prices along with significant cuts in global supplies have important implications for food production in most countries, including major producers and exporters, who rely heavily on fertiliser imports. The increase in food prices and supply shocks can fuel social tensions in many of the affected countries, especially those that are already fragile or affected by conflict.”

The head of the world organisations also called on the international community to support vulnerable countries through grants to cover urgent financing needs.

“We call on the international community to urgently support vulnerable countries through coordinated actions ranging from the provision of emergency food supplies, financial support, increased agricultural production, and open trade,” the statement added.

“We are committed to combining our expertise and financing to quickly step up our policy and financial support to help vulnerable countries and households as well as to increase domestic agricultural production in, and supply to, impacted countries. We can mitigate the balance of payments pressures and work with all countries to keep trade flows open. 

“In addition, we will further reinforce our monitoring of food vulnerabilities and are quickly expanding our multi-faceted policy advice to affected countries guided by the comparative advantages of our respective institutions.

“We also urge the international community to help support urgent financing needs, including through grants. This should include the financing of immediate food supplies, safety nets to address the needs of the poor, and small farmers facing higher input prices.

“We also urge all countries to keep trade open and avoid restrictive measures such as export bans on food or fertiliser that further exacerbate the suffering of the most vulnerable people. It is especially important not to impose export restrictions on humanitarian food purchases by the UN’s World Food Program.

“It is critical to quickly provide support for food insecure countries in a coordinated manner. We stand ready to work together with our multilateral and bilateral partners to help countries address this urgent crisis.”

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