Berlin (dpa) – Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has called on the international community to fight the worsening world hunger crisis with determination. “More than 44 billion euros will be needed this year, only half of which has been funded,” the Greens politician said on Friday in Berlin. The situation is very dramatic. 345 million women, children and men worldwide are at risk of malnutrition. “It’s a famine crisis that threatens our presence like a life -threatening wave.” Some of the reasons for this are no longer new and can be found, for example, in climate change and the consequences of the corona pandemic. “But only Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine turned into a tsunami,” Baerbock said. “Russia is deliberately using hunger as a weapon of war and holding the whole world captive.”
The Foreign Minister, along with Development Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) and Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir (Greens), spoke at an international conference on food security in Berlin. About 50 delegations agreed to it at short notice, and about 40 ministers arrived, Baerbock said. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken also traveled to Berlin.
Schulze explained that nearly 400 million people around the world would normally be provided with food from Ukraine. In many countries, these deliveries failed, and more countries suffered from high world market prices as a result of the war in Ukraine. “As before, the poorest suffer the most.” These people often have nothing left but hunger. The federal government will invest a total of approximately four billion euros this year to fight hunger around the world. It’s also about avoiding the next food crisis and the next with more sustainability. Schulze stressed that more cultivation of more climate-friendly varieties such as millet in developing countries, more storage capacity in the area and more regional trade is needed.
Özdemir spoke about a “multidimensional warfare” by Russian President Vladimir Putin. They want to defeat Ukraine militarily, wage a hunger war against the global South and an energy war against the European Union. “So the message today is: We won’t be afraid of Putin. Now it’s also about showing what we’re done.”