Argentina: Droughts

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 24th January 2023.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the potential economic impact of drought in Argentina; and whether the Government is providing support to the government of that country to help respond to the drought.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government maintains ongoing dialogue with the Argentine Agriculture Ministry and agricultural sector at senior official level and has facilitated cooperation between the UK's Agri-EPI Centre and Argentina's science authorities on drought-resistant crops. We have noted various estimates of the impact of the drought on the upcoming harvest in March/April and maintain discussions with Argentina over the potential impact on exports and GDP growth, and Argentina's ability to continue meeting the terms of its deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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