Joint ministerial statement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, and the Federal Republic of Somalia

Published 20 November 2023 The world is facing a protracted food security and nutrition crisis, driven by climate change, conflict, and economic disruptions, exacerbated by inflation and the volatility of world food prices. Nearly 1 billion people are severely food insecure and regularly do not have enough food to eat, 34 million people across 36 countries are one step away from famine, and more than one in three people globally not able to afford a healthy diet. The crisis is global and affects everyone, but women and girls are disproportionately affected. We meet today in London at the Global Food Security Summit to take the long view and urge the international community to address the underlying causes of food insecurity, act early and more effectively to prevent food security crises and malnutrition, and build more resilient agriculture and food systems in the face of climate change. We welcome the launch of the UK’s White Paper on International Development which sets out a strategic agenda for tackling the intertwined climate, nature and development challenges, in collaboration with partners. We know that it is neither effective nor cost efficient to only react. Improving anticipatory approaches and building resilience to shocks by sustaining basic services, replanting crops, and social protection ahead of and during crises can help prevent the worst impacts and ensure funding is directed where it is most needed. We need to address the underlying causes of food. insecurity. We are clear that food must not be used as a weapon of war. When parties to armed conflicts comply with their legal obligations, this can significantly reduce the impact of conflict on food insecurity. Strong, resilient, and sustainable food systems are critical to ensuring everyone has access to healthy, nutritious foods, but the escalating impact of climate change and environmental […]

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