WORLD BANK / FOOD SECURITY

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World Bank Group President David Malpass and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power highlighted the importance of responding to the interlocking crises facing developing countries, including through support to countries facing a food crisis. WORLD BANK

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STORY: WORLD BANK / FOOD SECURITY
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SOURCE: WORLD BANK
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DATELINE: 21 JUNE 2022, WASHINGTON DC

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1. Various shots, World Bank Group Headquarters
2. SOUNDBITE (English) David Malpass, President, World Bank Group:
“The World Bank works on an array of development issues, including and especially right now food and fertilizer. We've announced $30 billion of assistance in the food related areas as part of our response to the current set of crises.”
3. Various shots, World Bank Group Headquarters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Malpass, President, World Bank Group:
“Compared to 2008-2009 the world's doing better in some respects. There's fewer, I think, of these export constraints that were so problematic in 08-09. There’s more focus on improving immediately the storage and the quality of the crops that are being that are being fed or pushed into the world food markets. But, on the negative side, the big jump in energy prices and the shortage of natural gas as Europe buys up the world's supply by vertical natural gas. That's putting a giant bomb on the fertilizer markets, worldwide. So, I'm worried about next year as well as the immediate, ‘this year’ crises.”
5. Various shots, World Bank Group Headquarters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) David Malpass, President, World Bank Group:
“Just this morning our board met and approved a program on East Africa that combines agricultural system changes and actual aid going into countries in the Horn of Africa which are devastated by drought. And so, we're trying to combine immediate aid with agricultural reforms, and also with social safety nets.”
7. Various shots, World Bank Group Headquarters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, USAID Secretary:
“You not only see the weaponization of food and humanitarian access as a tool of warfare in Ukraine, but you see the weaponization of global hunger as Putin tries to use misinformation to convince developing countries that their food problems stemmed from sanctions, rather from the export controls that the Russian government placed on fertilizer and of course, the very intentional, willful and devastating blockade on Ukrainian grain, sunflower oils and others, which are such huge sources of food and commodity in developing countries, particularly in Africa.”
9. Wide shot, event at World Bank Group Headquarters.

STORYLINE:

World Bank Group President David Malpass and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power on Tuesday (21 Jun) highlighted the importance of responding to the interlocking crises facing developing countries, including through support to countries facing a food crisis.

Malpass announced $30 billion of assistance in the food related areas “as part of our response to the current set of crises.”

He said, “Compared to 2008-2009 the world's doing better in some respects. There's fewer, I think, of these export constraints that were so problematic in 08-09. There’s more focus on improving immediately the storage and the quality of the crops that are being that are being fed or pushed into the world food markets. But, on the negative side, the big jump in energy prices and the shortage of natural gas as Europe buys up the world's supply by vertical natural gas. That's putting a giant bomb on the fertilizer markets, worldwide. So, I'm worried about next year as well as the immediate, ‘this year’ crises.”

The World Bank Group President said, “just this morning our board met and approved a program on East Africa that combines agricultural system changes and actual aid going into countries in the Horn of Africa which are devastated by drought. And so, we're trying to combine immediate aid with agricultural reforms, and also with social safety nets.”

Power, for her part said, “you not only see the weaponization of food and humanitarian access as a tool of warfare in Ukraine, but you see the weaponization of global hunger as Putin tries to use misinformation to convince developing countries that their food problems stemmed from sanctions, rather from the export controls that the Russian government placed on fertilizer and of course, the very intentional, willful and devastating blockade on Ukrainian grain, sunflower oils and others, which are such huge sources of food and commodity in developing countries, particularly in Africa.”

The World bank announced new support for East Africa, as part of $30 billion in assistance on food-related areas.
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