Foreign ministers from the G7 group of richest nations will discuss how to ease fears about food security at a meeting in Germany on Friday, May 13. The talks will be dominated by Ukraine and how to deal with the aftermath of a war that could drag on for months, if not longer.
This was reported by Reuters.
The annual meeting, which runs through Saturday, brings together senior diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the United States and the European Union at the Baltic resort of Weissenhaus.
The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Moldova are also present, and the West's most industrialized countries intend to reaffirm their support for the two countries.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has caused global prices of grain, vegetable oil, fuel and fertilizer to spike, with U.N. agencies warning that price hikes will exacerbate the food crisis, particularly in Africa.
The invasion has disrupted shipping in the Black Sea, the main route for grain and other goods, curbing exports from Ukraine and Russia.
"There are now 25 million tons of grain blocked in the Ukrainian port of Odessa, which means food for millions of people in the world, which is badly needed, especially in African countries and the Middle East," said German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock.
"That's why we are sending a clear message today: we see you, we hear you and we support you," she said.
Diplomatic sources said the goal of the seven countries was to get better organized to find quick and effective responses to the food crisis.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, whose country currently chairs the Group of 20 industrialized and developing countries (G20), which also includes Russia, will also join the meeting Friday to discuss food security.
A French official said that the issue of Russia's presence at the G20 heads of state meeting in November will be raised.
Recall that the core indicator of world food prices rose by 12.6% in March, reaching a historical high. FAO food price index was 159.3 points, which is 33.6% higher than in March 2021.