World Food Day – U.S. Department of State


On this World Food Day, food systems and global food security are at a critical juncture. The compounded effects of a global pandemic, mounting pressures from the climate crisis, high energy and fertilizer prices, and armed conflict, including Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine, have disrupted production and supply chains and have dramatically increased global food insecurity, especially for the most vulnerable.

The human impact is impressive. At the start of 2022, more than 190 million people were in acute food insecurity. The war in Ukraine could add another 70 million people to that. Millions of people face hunger and malnutrition.

Conflicts lead to unacceptable levels of hunger, as violence prevents food from reaching the most needy. Pandemic disruptions to supply chains have destabilized food systems. High prices and availability issues reduce fertilizer use. From droughts in the Horn of Africa to floods in Pakistan, we are also seeing how climate change poses a critical threat to our food supply. Parts of Somalia are at risk of famine for the second time in just over a decade.

The work ahead of us is clear. Only by working together can we overcome the global food security challenges we face. Earlier this year, the United States chaired a Food Security Summit at the United Nations, which launched the roadmap for global food security. At this meeting, we reaffirmed the commitment of world leaders to urgent and large-scale action to respond to urgent global food crises and avert extreme hunger for hundreds of millions of people around the world. More than 100 countries have joined the initiative, which calls on them to take seven actions, including increasing fertilizer production and investing in climate-resilient agriculture.

The United States is leading the way. Last month at the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden announced more than $2.9 billion in new aid to address global food insecurity. This announcement builds on the $6.9 billion in US aid already committed this year to support global food security. This assistance will save lives through emergency response and invest in medium to long-term food security assistance to protect the world’s most vulnerable people, often women and children, from the escalation of the global food security crisis.

There is no longer any doubt that food security is a matter of acute global urgency. So on this World Food Day, let us be true to its theme – Leave No One Behind – because the health, stability and wellbeing of all our peoples depends on the food security we build together.


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