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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to Food
Statement by the United States at the 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council
March 9, 2023

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council – 52nd Session

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

Thank you, Special Rapporteur Fakhri, for your recent report on conflict and the right to food.

We are in a moment of severe global hunger, which has been fueled by climate change and COVID-19 and decidedly worsened by conflicts, notably Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine.

Russia’s military has held hostage the food supply for millions of Ukrainians and millions more around the world.

In response to rising global food needs, the United States has increased its emergency food programming.

We have rapidly expanded high-impact activities through our Feed the Future initiative.

We are implementing the Accelerated Innovation Delivery Initiative to serve vulnerable, food producing regions in Africa that depend on small farmers.

The United States is the leading donor to the World Food Program, contributing more than seven billion dollars in 2022.  But we cannot do it alone; the international community must expand the resources dedicated to confronting famine and food insecurity.

We are committed to working with the international community, especially the Rome-based UN agencies, to respond to the urgent food security crisis and to work toward building resilient, sustainable food systems.

Special Rapporteur Fakhri, what more can the international community do to ensure food security programming benefits the most vulnerable?

I thank you.