UN Secretary-General warns of "Global Food Scarcity" says things will become worse in 2023
The battle between Russia and Ukraine may cause tremendous devastation in the globe. The Secretary-General of the UN warned on Friday that the growing global food scarcity threatens to cause "catastrophe" for the entire world.
According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the conflict in Ukraine has compounded the effects of inequality, the coronavirus epidemic, and climate change to create a "unprecedented global food crisis" that already affects hundreds of millions of people.
In a video address to representatives from dozens of developed and developing nations assembled in Berlin, he warned that there was a "serious possibility" that several famines will be proclaimed in 2022. And things could become worse in 2023.
"Food access concerns this year could turn into a global food scarcity next year," he said. The social and economic effects of such a calamity "will affect every nation equally."
According to Guterres, UN negotiators are working on a solution that would allow Ukraine to freely export food and fertiliser to international markets, as well as allow Ukraine to export food, including via the Black Sea.
Additionally, he urged the private sector to stabilise the world food markets and debt relief for developing nations to help keep their economies afloat.
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