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The Next Shock: Food Insecurity Amidst Pandemic and War


Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

In conversation with

Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, CGD

Ian Mitchell, Co-Director of Development Cooperation in Europe and Senior Policy Fellow, CGD

The world is up against a potentially catastrophic food security crisis. War in Ukraine, the drawn-out COVID-19 pandemic, high inflation, and the ongoing impact of climate change are all exacerbating already unstable food access and causing food prices to grow.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) works with governments to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO’s most recent food outlook estimates the world will face a record global food import bill of USD 1.8 trillion in 2022, and the world’s most vulnerable are confronted with significantly higher food prices.

Join us for a conversation with FAO’s Chief Economist, Máximo Torero Cullen, on the current state of food security, what FAO is doing to respond to the global crisis, how the international community can improve its response to meet new and persistent challenges on hunger and food security, and what a newly proposed food import financing mechanism would do to reduce import costs.

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