What to do about the impending hunger crisis - Director of WFP Martin Frick in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio


Berlin, 06 July 2022 - Berlin, 06 July 2022 - According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), people in many countries are at risk of hunger because they can no longer afford food.

Interview Martin Frick mit dem Deutschlandfunk
Interview Martin Frick mit dem Deutschlandfunk© StäV Rom

The biggest problems at present are not availability but access to food, said Martin Frick, Germany director of the World Food Program (WFP), on Deutschlandfunk radio.

Countries in the Middle East and in North and Sub-Saharan Africa are particularly affected, he said.

We produce enough. There is actually enough. The only problem is that the Corona pandemic has now completely depleted national economies for more than two years.

In more than 36 countries, inflation is above 25 percent, People can no longer afford food.

In addition, the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine is exacerbating the supply crisis.

Frick cited other conflicts and climate change as other reasons.

The impact of the Ukraine war and the pandemic on the supply situation is also the subject of a United Nations report to be presented this Wednesday in New York.

Listen to the full interview in German here (07:15): https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/was-tun-gegen-drohende-hungerkrise-interview-martin-frick-wfp-direktor-dlf-1ce0f65b-100.html

Background Information

Dr. Martin Frick has been Director of the WFP Office for Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein since November 2021.

Previously, he was Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Food Systems Summit 2021 and Senior Director of the UNFCCC Secretariat, which looks after the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

He also contributed to the development of the concept of climate justice as climate chief of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and later as program director of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

As German ambassador to the United Nations in Bonn, Frick helped establish the UN's Sustainability Hub.

Martin Frick holds a doctorate in law.

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