The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:
Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with food security experts from leading think tanks and academic institutions to discuss the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition and the U.S. government’s response efforts to the global food crisis.
Administrator Power met with Ertharin Cousin from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Joe Glauber from the International Food Policy Research Institute, Dan Maxwell from the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, Caitlin Welsh from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, David Lobell from the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, Chris Barrett from Cornell University, and Gebisa Ejeta from the Purdue University.
Administrator Power outlined the actions the U.S. government is taking to respond to the immediate and long-term impacts of the global food crisis, which has been significantly exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine. They discussed ongoing work and new strategies to mitigate the fertilizer shortage, boost agricultural productivity and resilience, and provide urgent humanitarian assistance to those most impacted and vulnerable to these added shocks caused by the war. The group provided feedback on the U.S. response plan, and shared actions and insights on how their organizations are combating the food crisis and reaching those in need. The group agreed to continue to collaborate and share best practices for combating global hunger and building resilient food systems.