The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on August 5 said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine resulted in 40 million people becoming food insecure. Sub-Saharan Africa will be the most affected.
According to her, while energy, climate change, pandemics and conflicts are the main causes of global food supply problems, the “most insidious source” is hunger, deliberately used as a weapon of war.
“Russia has systematically captured some of Ukraine’s most productive farmland, spoiling fields with mines and bombs,” Thomas-Greenfield said.
Moscow denies involvement in the food crisis and blames Western sanctions for slowing food and fertilizer exports.
Thomas-Greenfield on August 5 denied that claim, saying instead that Russia had deliberately taken steps to disrupt global food supply chains, blaming the West.
“We’ve seen no indication that Russia will accept a diplomatic solution” to the war in Ukraine.”
It is noted that the United States has secured $4.5 billion for food security at the G7 summit, of which it has contributed $2.76 billion.
“There are also plans for the US to contribute $150 million in new humanitarian development assistance to Africa pending congressional approval.”