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Africa: Food Supply

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL209, tabled on 12 May 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, with international partners to prevent an increase in acute food insecurity in Africa as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Answered on

26 May 2022

Even before the conflict in Ukraine, 273 million people needed humanitarian assistance globally and 43 million people were one step from famine. Russia's invasion is further accelerating this trend through its impact on food, fuel, and fertiliser prices. The UK is stepping up to respond. We have announced a package of emergency humanitarian assistance to address rising food insecurity in Africa, and provided £72.25 million for crises in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. At the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings in April, the UK and our partners secured the largest ever financial commitment from the World Bank of $170 billion over the next 15 months to support countries impacted by the Russian invasion. We are also calling for all countries to keep food trade flowing; we know from the last global food crisis that this is the best way to keep prices down.