The pandemic, sanctions, and crisis mean setbacks in planned food security targets
Unfortunately, global disasters like pandemics, like climate extremes, certainly like armed conflicts – they set us back. And now, unfortunately, political events, especially the military-political ones of recent times, have somewhat overshadowed the sustainable development agenda and the goals that humanity has set for 2030. And out of these goals, goal [number – Ed.] two, the elimination of hunger and ensuring food security, is of particular importance — Oleg Kobyakov, Director, Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
As part of today’s discussion, we are talking about food security. And I would like to look at several risk factors that exist. They didn't start today, and they didn't start in 2022. They emerged from out of a pandemic. [...] And on top of that, countries have begun to stockpile food critically. China, for example, increased its purchases of corn six-fold during the pandemic. This destabilized the global food market. In addition to factors arising as a result of the pandemic in 2022, there were factors related to sanctions — Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
The consequences of the Russia–Ukraine crisis underline the importance of the relationship between security and the economy. And the humanitarian implications [of the crisis – Ed.] are of concern because we are now witnessing unprecedented hunger hanging like a cloud over a large part of the African population — Jean-Baptiste Thiathie Tine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Senegal to the Russian Federation.