With the war in Ukraine restricting global access to key crops and fertilizers from the region, the European Union and the United States plan to launch a new platform to address food supply and agricultural security issues.
EU Trade Chief Valdis Dombius Rovzkis said on Friday that “as many countries face food security concerns, both the EU and the US are major players and international donors are taking the best possible steps to support these countries. There is a clear need for coordination.” Interview.
The two countries will also focus on supply chain diversification, especially in the field of fertilizers. “With both Russia and Belarus being major exporters,” Dombrowski said, “there are obvious interruptions and we need to see how we can diversify our supply.”
The new cooperation will be part of a trade and technical committee set up by the two sides to strengthen economic ties. Senior officials will meet in Paris on Sunday and Monday to further enhance cooperation in areas such as export controls, semiconductors and procurement.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Trade Representative Catherine Day will be present from the US side. Dombrovsky, EU Head of Digital Affairs Margaret Wester and Head of Internal Markets Theory Breton represent the EU.
Although the EU is not facing a major food security crisis, Dombrowski said the new forum could address “the problems we face with food.”
As part of the new platform, the European Commission will seek to address the spread of export restrictions, especially to ensure that developing countries have adequate agricultural inputs. But the two sides have not had the opportunity to discuss the billions of euros that should be provided to farmers to support production in their areas.