BERLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – The Group of Seven Rich Countries must step up humanitarian aid to tackle a global hunger crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, a senior United Nations food agency official in Germany said on Saturday.
The group will begin a three-day meeting in Bavaria, Germany on Sunday, amid a UN warning that the world faces “an unprecedented global hunger crisis” as commodity prices rise.
“Hunger can destabilize countries and so is a major peace and security problem,” Martin Frick, director of Germany’s World Food Program, told the country’s news organization RND, noting that current food price inflation in 36 countries is more than 25% was a “time bomb”. †
He also reiterated that the World Food Program is unlikely to get more than half of the $21.5 billion it needs this year, so more help was needed.
Food security is expected to be on the agenda of the G7 meeting after the presidency launched a Global Alliance for Food Security in May to tackle hunger.
“There must be a common understanding that this crisis can no longer be solved by sticking plasters, but that the system must be changed,” Frick said. (Reporting by Zuzanna Szymanska; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)