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The world is facing a "catastrophe" in the face of food shortages, UN chief warns

UN leaderswarned on Friday that the world is facing a "catastrophe" due to growing food shortages around the world.

UN Secretary-GeneralAntonio Guterressaid the war inUkrainewas a turmoil caused by climate change,COVID-19 pandemic.And inequality that creates an "unprecedented global hunger crisis" that has already affected hundreds of millions of people.

"There is a real risk of multiple famines being declared in 2022," he said in a video message to officials from dozens of rich developing countries gathered in Berlin. rice field. "And 2023 could be even worse."

Guteres is struggling to cope with rising fertilizer and energy prices in Asia, Africa and the North and South. He said the harvest in the United States would be hit.

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"This year's food access problem could lead to global food shortages next year." He said. "No country is immune to the social and economic consequences of such a catastrophe."

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Guterres He said UN negotiators are working on an agreement that would allow Ukraine to export food, including via the Black Sea. Let Russia bring food and fertilizer to the world market without restrictions.

He also sought debt relief to help poor countries maintain their economies and help the private sector stabilize the world's food markets.

Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, the organizer of the Congress of Berlin, said Moscow's claim that the western sanctions imposed on Russia's invasion of Ukraine was due to food shortages "fully accepted. I can't. "

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Russia 5 Bearbock said that this year, as in the same month of 2021, he exported as much wheat in May and June.

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"But it was Russia's offensive war against Ukraine that turned the wave into a tsunami," Baerbock said. I did.

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