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Disrupted supply chains and rising food prices are leading to a further shortage of food worldwide in the wake of the Ukraine war, so that fears of a global hunger crisis are growing. Even the first successful shipments of wheat from Ukraine have so far brought little relief to markets. The unreliability of imports is threatening the food security of many countries – particularly on the African continent, whose own agriculture is also struggling in many places with the effects of climate change. For example, the Horn of Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought in 40 years due to climate change, and according to estimates by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), 50 million people are affected by an acute food crisis here alone.
Against this background, the German Africa Foundation invited Cem Özdemir MdB, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, to a discussion. Already at the G7 Conference of Agriculture Ministers in May 2022, Federal Minister Özdemir recognized the urgency of the issue of global food security as well as Germany’s social responsibility and clearly positioned himself in favor of a joint solution to agricultural problems and the anchoring of the human right to food in all policy processes. At the G7 summit in June, the leading industrialized nations also pledged an additional $4.5 billion to ensure global food security.
But what exactly has happened since then? Given the current situation, how can sustainable food systems and global supply chains be created to secure the world’s food supply in the long term? What measures has the Ministry of Food and Agriculture under the leadership of Federal Minister Özdemir taken so far? In particular, what does cooperation between Germany and its African partners in the agricultural sector look like in this regard?
These and other questions were the focus of the dialogue between Federal Minister Cem Özdemir and the President of the German Africa Foundation, Dr. Uschi Eid.