WASHINGTON/BERLIN, May 19, 2022 – The Global Alliance for Food Security (GAFS), jointly convened by the Group of Seven (G7) Presidency and the World Bank Group to catalyze an immediate and concerted response to the global crisis Hunger, was launched at the meeting of G7 Development Ministers today in Berlin, Germany.
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze and World Bank Group President David Malpass issued the following joint statement:
“The world is currently facing a series of overlapping crises, including Russia’s war on Ukraine, the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the current global economic uncertainty, supply chain disruptions. supply, severe global droughts and other challenges. The poorest and most vulnerable people in emerging and developing economies are the most affected. Countries are now facing physical food shortages, and many others are experiencing rising food, energy and fertilizer prices.
A concerted global effort is needed now. This new global alliance will bring together countries and institutions to support and build on existing structures, mechanisms and programs to urgently respond to soaring food prices. The immediate objective is to coordinate closely as we launch a short-term response over the next few months. Increasing supplies of food, fertilizer and fuel, removing barriers to trade and providing financial support are essential to mitigate the effects of this crisis.
Achieving global food security will require our continued commitment and a comprehensive examination of the factors that contribute to food insecurity. We need to increase the resilience of countries to current risks and future challenges, including climate change. This includes helping farmers become less vulnerable to droughts and extreme rains. The alliance will therefore also work together to help countries build stronger food systems and gradually shift to a sustainable agricultural production base.
We welcome the willingness to engage and contribute to the alliance from partners such as the African Union, the United Nations Global Crisis Response Group, the World Food Program (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). We welcome the increased interest from other partners.