British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently held a press conference in London to announce a new science initiative aimed at addressing global food security. The initiative, which will focus on developing climate-resilient crops, will be introduced at a Global Food Security Summit being hosted by the UK government.
The summit, which is expected to be attended by representatives from over 20 countries, is a joint effort between Britain, Somalia, the UAE, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sunak emphasized the need to address the underlying causes of global food insecurity, citing events such as Russia’s war in Ukraine and major natural disasters as having had a significant impact on food production.
The new science initiative will be led by CGIAR, a global research partnership focused on food security. The initiative will serve to connect UK scientists with research initiatives aimed at developing crops that can withstand the effects of climate change and are more disease resistant. In addition to this initiative, the British government will publish a new international development policy document detailing plans to work with partner countries to combat extreme poverty and climate change instead of purely providing aid money.
The priorities outlined in the policy document include mobilizing international finance and leveraging innovation. Moreover, Britain will be offering humanitarian funding of up to 100 million pounds ($125 million) to countries most affected by food insecurity and climate-related disasters such as cyclones and droughts. This announcement reflects the UK’s commitment to addressing global food security through scientific research, international partnerships, and financial aid.