US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Security Council meeting UN, March 23, 2022 US envoy to the UN: 40 million people will face food shortages due to the war in Ukraine >US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Friday that Russia's invasion of Ukraine would leave 40 million people food insecure and that sub-Saharan Africa would be the hardest hit.
At the recent G7 summit, the United States committed $4.5 billion to global food security, with $2.76 billion committed to date.
In addition, the US plans to allocate $150 million dollars in humanitarian aid to Africa and this measure must be approved by Congress, added Thomas-Greenfield.
The governments of most African countries do not want to take one side or another in the European conflict and refuse to join Western sanctions against Russia or condemn the actions of the Kremlin.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield noted that Africans “do not want they were pressured to choose a side” in the current recurrence of the Cold War, but Africa “needs to know the facts.”
While energy, climate change, the pandemic and armed conflict are the main causes of global food supply problems, Thomas-Greenfield noted that “the most insidious cause of hunger” is “its use as a military tool.”
“Russia is systematically taking over some of Ukraine's most fertile agricultural land by destroying the soil with mines and bombs, Thomas-Greenfield said. “No matter how you feel about Russia, we all have a common interest in mitigating the impact of the war in Ukraine on food security.”
French President Emmanuel Macron used similar language last week when during a visit in Cameroon called the global food crisis one of Russia's “weapons of war”.
Moscow denies responsibility for the food crisis and blames Western sanctions for slowing food and fertilizer exports.
Thomas- Greenfield denied the claim, instead suggesting that Russia deliberately took steps to disrupt global food supply chains while blaming the West.