FAO Director-General QU Dongyu addresses 169th Council of FAO members. ©FAO/ Alessandra Benedetti

Ukraine crisis: the world can still contain the impact on global food security with the right policies FAO Director-General says


QU Dongyu addresses FAO Members as they convene to discuss the impact of the conflict on global food supply.

The war in Ukraine will impact consumers across the world as the resulting increases in the price of food, energy and fertilizers put the next global harvests at risk, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, warned today.

A global food crisis of the scale seen in 2008 can, however, still be averted, Qu said.

In an address to the 169th session of FAO's Council, convened to discuss the consequences of the war in Ukraine on global food security, Qu emphasized the importance of keeping global supply chains functioning and highlighted FAO's work on the ground.

The meeting was held as food prices posted a 12.6 percent rise from February, reaching a new all-time high in March, with cereals and vegetable oils prices surging, according to FAO’s latest Food Price Index.

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