LONDON: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak plans to unveil a fresh science initiative during the upcoming Global Food Security Summit in London today, aimed at consolidating efforts in developing climate-resilient crops.
This collaborative effort, involving Britain, Somalia, the UAE, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, anticipates representation from over 20 nations.
Sunak emphasized the imperative to address the often unnoticed root causes of global food insecurity, citing the repercussions of conflicts like Russia’s war in Ukraine and the profound impact of natural disasters on food production. He underscored the UK’s pivotal role in spearheading solutions to today’s paramount global challenges.
Britain’s new virtual science hub, spearheaded by CGIAR, a global research partnership focusing on food security, will bridge UK scientists with initiatives striving to cultivate climate-resistant crops and bolster disease resistance. Moreover, the British government intends to unveil a comprehensive international development policy document, outlining strategies to collaborate with nations in tackling extreme poverty and climate change, emphasizing proactive measures beyond mere aid provisions.
Key focal points include mobilizing global finances and leveraging innovation, as outlined by Britain’s Foreign Office. Additionally, Britain pledged up to 100 million pounds ($125 million) in humanitarian aid, allocated to countries severely affected by food insecurity such as Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Afghanistan. This aid also extends to nations grappling with climate-induced challenges like cyclones and droughts, exemplified by Malawi.