The global food crisis requires immediate and long-term change

The current global food system is destroying the natural world and exacerbating the climate crisis while allowing a handful of food companies to profiteer at the expense of farmers and consumers. The Ukraine war demonstrates how vulnerable the global food system is to shocks.

The global food price crisis is fuelling poverty, hunger and instability across the globe. The crisis – the third in 15 years – was triggered by the invasion of Ukraine but created by a broken food system that is overly dependent on fossil fuel fertilisers and overly concentrated on the production of a handful of commodities in a handful of countries.

G7 leaders have the opportunity and responsibility to drive the transition to a fair, more diverse and sustainable food system – connected to efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions – and to build resilience to shocks – whether from conflict or climate.