The ambassadors of major world powers accredited in Rabat, signed an open letter alerting to the danger of wheat shortages caused by the war between Russia and Ukraine, two grain reservoirs. They call for a “united response” from the international community, of which Morocco is a “proud member”.
Meeting in Berlin to discuss the challenges posed by the conflict in Ukraine, ambassadors accredited to Morocco warned of the urgency of the situation as food and fertilizer shortages in many countries threaten the world, threatening populations of famine.
They warned of the challenges posed by the crisis in “the world’s grain supply, fueling food insecurity among the most vulnerable populations” and sent a very critical message to Russia and Russian President Vladimir Cheese fries.
“The solution to this immediate crisis is simple: the Russian regime must end its brutal aggression against Ukraine. The cause of the grain crisis is clear,” they wrote.
Food and fertilizer shortages in many countries and accelerating food price spikes threaten to destabilize fragile societies, increase hunger and malnutrition, spur migration and cause severe economic dislocation , say the signatories of the letter.
“All indicators point to even tougher challenges ahead,” they said, adding that the bombs destroyed wheat fields, and that “Russian forces prevented the export of 20 million tons of grain collected from ‘Ukraine to countries all over the world, including Morocco’.
“The Russian regime itself has chosen to stop exports from its own country of many kinds of grain, as well as fertilizers, or to export only to countries it considers ‘friendly nations’. Which only aggravates the situation even more”, deplore the ambassadors of France, Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Republic of Korea, Portugal, Greece…
“Russian leaders blame the food crisis on sanctions imposed by G7 countries and others. This is wrong,” they say, adding that EU sanctions explicitly exclude food supplies, meaning they do not prevent any country from buying wheat from Russia, and they further exclude products agricultural goods and other humanitarian and medical goods
Rather, these sanctions “are designed to stop Putin’s war machine and to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries (like Ukraine), as well as the food security of other countries (like Morocco). )” add the signatories.
European countries neighboring Ukraine, such as Romania and Poland, are coming to the rescue by transporting grain overland, as was the case with the Egyptian wheat tender last week. However, this is only a temporary solution because it has a much lower capacity and a much higher cost, the ambassadors believe.
Coordinated global action, with G7 countries and others playing their part, is needed, they say, to tackle food insecurity.
“Morocco, like many other countries, is actively engaged in securing shipments of wheat and other foodstuffs for its people. To deal with this food crisis, many countries and organizations, both exporters and importers of food products, are meeting (…) in Berlin to explore solutions to keep global agricultural markets open,” the diplomats note.
And to assure that their respective countries will continue to support Ukraine in the production and export of food to help alleviate the crisis. “We call for ensuring the export of grain as a humanitarian issue and for the establishment of a ‘humanitarian food corridor’ that would ensure smooth delivery of goods to populations in need,” they urge. .
And to estimate that “Morocco also has a strong role” to play as a “yesterday member” of the international community, to exert pressure in order to release essential food supplies to the world, in order to avoid world hunger.