The European Commission presented a range of short-term actions to enhance global food security and to support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as energy and fertilizers.
The surge in global commodity prices has highlighted the need for EU agriculture and food supply chains to become more resilient as well as sustainable.
The European Commission is more than committed to taking all the necessary measures to ensure that the EU as a food exporter and top agri-food producer, contributes to global food security, especially in Ukraine, North Africa, and the Middle East, which largely rely on imports of cereals, as well as in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The EU is a lead provider of humanitarian and development assistance on food and food systems.
Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis says,
"Russia's war against Ukraine has created a multitude of problems, including in relation to global food security. When it comes to food, now is the time for Europe to show its solidarity: to help Ukraine, its people and farmers, as well as vulnerable food-importing countries around the world that face surging prices and potential shortages."
Additionally, agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski says: "We will not let Ukraine stand alone in the face of Russian aggression. Our first priority is to make sure that Ukrainians have enough food, fuel, and water."
The Commission will be ensuring and monitoring regular follow-ups and analysis of food prices and food insecurity and will continue its engagement in international and multilateral bodies in order to properly coordinate the necessary policies.