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G7 Agriculture Ministers: Only Open Markets Will Provide Food Security for Everyone

Press Release, Berlin, March 11, 2022

In view of the impact on the global agricultural markets caused by Russia's unprovoked and unjustifiable attack on Ukraine, the G7 agriculture ministers met today at an extraordinary meeting and agreed on the importance of open markets for cereals and other agricultural products. The aim is to prevent bans on exports and to closely monitor markets for agricultural products. Aid organisations are also to be supported in procuring and distributing cereals.

The virtual meeting was convened by Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir. Germany holds the G7 presidency this year. The Ukrainian agriculture minister Roman Leshchenko also attended via videolink, together with representatives of a number of different international organisations. At the beginning of the extraordinary G7 meeting, a minute of silence was held to commemorate the victims of the Russian war of aggression.

Özdemir: "The G7 States declare their complete solidarity with Ukraine; aid is now our overriding priority. At the same time we can see that many countries are encountering difficulties in procuring agricultural commodities – this is threatening the food supply in parts of the world. It is all the more important that we keep markets open worldwide and do not hinder them, for example via export restrictions – we G7 states will do all we can to achieve this aim. We must also support aid organisations in purchasing goods on the markets in order to distribute them in the countries that are far less privileged than we are. Let us not forget that famines, triggered by the impact of climate crises and violent conflicts, are already common in many regions of the world. It is therefore important that we do not play one crisis off against another."

The Russian war of aggression is leading to soaring prices for cereals worldwide, above all for wheat and maize. This is causing problems, especially for developing and newly industrialised countries that import food. Animal feed and fertilisers are also becoming more expensive.

A summary of the concluding statement:

The G7 agriculture ministers agreed:

Source: German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

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