‘Millions’ could die because of the pandemic and the ongoing military action in Ukraine, Germany’s development minister believes
Svenja Schulze, German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister, said that the world faces an urgent food crisis because of skyrocketing food costs. She warned Bild newspaper about a coming famine unlike any since World War II. The minister has named Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine as its causes.
“The situation is highly dramatic,”In a Saturday evening interview with German tabloid, the minister stated that the UN World Food Program had informed him of his plans. “more than 300 million people”Are already experiencing acute hunger; the UN should help. “constantly revise”These data are upwards.
Global food prices rose by three-quarters and now reach “record levels,”Schulze warned that Schulze would be adamant about the consequences. “bitter message is that we are facing the worst famine since World War II,”Which could lead to “millions” die.
The World Food Program warned in its statement of May 6, that “44 million people around the world are marching towards starvation”They were unable to receive Ukrainian grain, so they demanded that the Black Sea ports be opened to allow this grain to reach the poor.
Minister Schulze was quick and furious to accuse Moscow of the developments, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin. “waging a war through hunger.”Russia was claimed by her. “stolen grain from Ukraine”and now takes advantage of countries that depend on Russian and Ukrainian agricultural goods by offering food only for those who are “unequivocally pro-Russian.”
He also said that there are 40 countries that are not a member of the EU. “home to half of the world’s population”They did not condemn Russia for their actions in Ukraine. “Vulnerability to Food Blackmail” She didn’t offer any specific evidence to support this statement, though.
She also acknowledged that the focus of some countries on green energy may have contributed to food insecurity. Germany should not use food as fuel. According to her, up to 4 percent of Germany’s biofuel comes from animal and food feed. “It must be decreased to zero. Not only in Germany but possibly internationally.”
Germany It can burn 2.7 billion liters. [made]Each year we convert vegetable oils to car tanks.”She added that it is worth the effort. “Almost half” of Ukraine’s sunflower-oil production is exported.
As wheat prices rose to multi-year records in March due to the conflict in Ukraine, fears have been raised about global grain shortages. Russia and Ukraine, which account for 30% of the world’s wheat exports each, are both major suppliers.
Cem Ozdemir, the German Agriculture Minister, insisted on supplying Kiev with food and water during mid-April. “more effective”The weaponry is precisely what helped the world avoid the seemingly imminent danger. “global famine.”Ozdemir is a member, strongly pro-USA/NATO Alliance 90/The Greens, and also accuses Moscow. “starvation strategy”At that moment.
He appears to have a different position than at least two other groups of German politicians, public figures and celebrities who called upon Chancellor Olaf Scholz stop arming Ukraine and instead to concentrate on a quick diplomatic solution.
Continued weapons deliveries will only prolong the suffering and risk potential devastating consequences. These could include a global war or a global civil war. “catastrophic”Two open letters from co-authors warn of the negative effects on climate change and health worldwide. Berlin has yet to respond to any of these letters.
Russia invaded its neighbouring country in February after Ukraine failed to comply with the Minsk Agreements, which were first signed in 2014. This was in response to Russia’s recognition of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Donetsk as Donbass republics in the end. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian government.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.