To catalyse an immediate and concerted response to the unfolding global hunger crisis, the "Global Alliance for Food Security" (GAFS) was launched by the Group of Seven (G7) Presidency and the World Bank Group at the meeting of G7 Development Ministers in Germany in May 2022.
“This new global alliance will bring countries and institutions together to support and leverage existing structures, mechanisms, and programmes to respond with urgency to the surge in food prices.” German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze and World Bank Group President David Malpass said in their joint statement. “The immediate objective is to coordinate closely as we initiate a short-term response over the next months. It is critical to increase the supplies of food, fertilizer and fuel, remove barriers to trade, and provide financial support to ease the impacts of this crisis.
Establishing global food security will need our continued commitment and a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to food insecurity. We need to increase countries’ resilience to current risks and future challenges, including climate change. This includes supporting farmers to become less vulnerable to both droughts and extreme rains. The alliance will therefore also work together to help countries build stronger food systems and gradually transition to a sustainable agricultural production base.”
They welcomed the willingness to engage and contribute to the alliance from partners including the African Union, the United Nations Global Crisis Response Group, the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as well as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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