The FARM (Food & Agriculture Resilience Mission) international initiative for food security in the most vulnerable countries

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Russia and Ukraine are major players in the production of several staple foods, such as cereals. These two countries account for almost 30% of world wheat exports. The war waged in Ukraine by Russia increases the risk of food insecurity and threatens to plunge millions of people into a food crisis in the most vulnerable countries. In order to avoid a large-scale food crisis, the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, together with its partners in the European Union, the G7 and the African Union, launched, on March 24, 2022 , the Food and Agricultural Resilience Mission (FARM) program. This initiative proposes a response mechanism to the food crisis articulated around 3 pillars: The war from 🇷🇺 to 🇺🇦 worsens an already critical food situation in the world. To deal with this risk, the 🇪🇺, at the initiative of the President of the Republic and in relation to the AU, is carrying out the #FARM initiative. This action is based on 3 pillars. pic.twitter.com/JO9IX7119L — France Diplomatie🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo) March 25, 2022 In close connection with the World Trade Organization (WTO), this pillar aims to avoid a “crisis of confidence” in the markets of agricultural products by avoiding export restrictions and increasing the transparency of prices and agricultural stocks. The recent adoption of a decision exempting World Food Program (WFP) purchases from any restrictive export measures at the 12th WTO Ministerial Meeting is a step in this direction. From the first days of the war, together with Senegal and the African Union, we launched the FARM initiative to respond to the global food crisis. And the first results are there: pic.twitter.com/cADdxhSHb1 — Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 28, 2022 France is working closely with WFP to define a solidarity mechanism that can play a “buffer” role in the worsening of the event. the crisis This mechanism would allow WFP and/or more fragile countries to obtain supplies at below-market prices. Support for the Ukrainian agricultural sector and the export of Ukrainian grains through the “Corridors of Solidarity” initiative is also at the center of FARM’s priorities. The participation of private companies (farmers, transporters, traders) in this solidarity effort is essential. Under the coordination of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the third pillar of FARM aims to accelerate the transition towards sustainable and resilient food systems, especially on the African continent where food sovereignty is essential. The aim is to capitalize on the progress of the 6th EU/AU Summit held on 18 February 2022 in the area of ​​sustainable agricultural and food production and the existing initiatives of the Great Green Wall and plant proteins. Through the FARM initiative and with the support of international organizations mobilized in favor of food security and nutrition, France and its European partners propose operational results in the short, medium and long term, the implementation of which will have to associate all citizens. and private actors involved: On all these fronts, closer solidarity cooperation between private and public actors is essential to guarantee an effective response to the food crisis. It is for this purpose that on June 23, 2022, Catherine Colonna, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, gathered actors from the private sector, alongside Franck Riester, Minister Delegate in charge of Foreign Trade and Attractiveness and Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, secretary of state attached to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, in charge of development, Francophonie and international associations. This meeting enabled the launch of a Private Sector Coalition for Food Security – Global Business Coalition for Food Security, supported by France, the European Commission, the EIB, WFP, IFAD and Bill & Melinda Gates and the adoption of a statement of commitments from the private sector to support the Coalition. The ministerial conference organized by Germany on food security on 24 June 2022, the G7 summit in Elmau on 27-28 June 2022, the high-level meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFSA) in New York on June 18, 2022. 2022 and the G20 summit in Bali in the fall of 2022 are important milestones to continue mobilizing the international community and implementing the FARM proposals. Report of the independent academic working group created under the patronage of the President of the Republic to put the FARM initiative in a geostrategic perspective (PDF). Updated: June 2022

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