Food insecurity in the world: at the UN, Washington blames Moscow and the war in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a UN Security Council meeting on food insecurity, May 19, 2022. REUTERS - SHANNON STAPLETON

Text by: RFI Follow

2 mins

And if we had to find a person responsible for the worsening of food insecurity in the world?

The UN Security Council considered the issue on Thursday, May 19, at the initiative of the United States.

Washington and Moscow blamed each other for the crisis.

The head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken called on Russia to unblock the ports to allow the export of Ukrainian cereals.


Read more

With our correspondent in New York


Carrie Nooten 

While cereal prices are rising all over the world, twenty million tonnes are locked up in silos in Ukraine and cannot leave the country: the Russian army has blocked the ports of the Black Sea.

► To listen:

Food crisis: "It's a kind of misalignment of planets"

UN boss Antonio Guterres has called for freer exports: the United Nations already pays more than twice as much for the food aid it brings to countries in need. 

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, called on Russia to unblock the ports: " 

The food supply for millions of Ukrainians and millions more around the world has been almost literally taken hostage by the Russian army,

 he said. 

The Russian government seems to think that using food as a weapon will help accomplish what the invasion failed to do - break the morale of the Ukrainian people.

But the decision to use hunger as a weapon belongs to Moscow alone, and to it alone.


Western sanctions?

Russia has dismissed these accusations and is pointing the finger at Western sanctions.

Four hundred million people around the world depend on Ukrainian grain, according to kyiv.

However, Ukraine now sends five times less wheat than before the invasion. 



Receive all the international news directly in your mailbox

I subscribe

Follow all the international news by downloading the RFI application


  • UN

  • Food

  • Ukraine

  • Russia

  • United States

  • Antonio Guterres