Borrell: There is a shortage of food all over the world, and where there is, it is expensive

Joseph Borrell
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The Head of European Diplomacy, Joseph Borrell, today, once again warned of the global food shortage due to the war in Ukraine, which is one of the world's largest producers of cereals, because now due to the fighting grain can not be exported, nor planted and harvested.

"There is a shortage of food and it will continue. "And when it does, it is expensive, much more expensive than many people can afford," Borrell told a news conference after a meeting of EU development ministers.

"If affected people spend more on food, then they have less on education and health, and that will deepen poverty and inequality," Borrell added.

EU development ministers today decided to "support more than 70 partners to improve" the resilience and sustainability of their food systems in order to increase their food capacity in the medium term, "said the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. security.

"We also urge our partners not to restrict global trade in agricultural products," Borrell added.

Borrell also stressed that the reason for the impending food crisis was Russia's invasion of Ukraine, not EU sanctions on Russia, as the Kremlin claims.

Russia is currently blocking the export of 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine, primarily to North Africa and Asia, according to the German government, which has caused prices to rise.

Source: MIA

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