Developing Countries: Food Supply

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 9 March 2022.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the continued invasion of Ukraine on food security in low and middle income countries.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Minister for Europe)

The UK is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine. It is difficult to make reliable assessments in such an unpredictable situation, but we recognise the likely impact on food supplies and are encouraging relevant multilateral institutions to prioritise analysis and response options. The crisis could affect prices and exacerbate food insecurity in vulnerable countries. Countries immediately affected are those most dependent on imports from Ukraine and Russia, in particular those that may not have sufficient options for substitution in the short term. We have encouraged our G7 partners to consider a policy and programming response that mitigates the risk of a global food price crisis and protects food security.

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