PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The U.S. government is providing $25 million in agricultural development aid over five years for projects in Cambodia to help reduce global food insecurityissue more urgent about Russia’s war in Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Thursday.
This new aid is part of a 12-year-old U.S. food security project in Cambodia and will fund an initiative called Harvest Three, in which the U.S. Agency for International Development will do Working with Cambodian farmers and others in the food industry to get products. to more markets. The focus will be on cereals and other products, Mr. Blinken said.
There have been grain shortages in many parts of the world because of Russia’s war in Ukraine, an important grain exporter.
“Food insecurity around the world is increasing due to Russia’s war on Ukraine,” said Blinken, “which has prevented millions of tons of Ukrainian crops from being shipped to the global market,” Blinken said. “.
The foreign minister made global food insecurity a notable issue after Russian President Vladimir V. Putin began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February. Blinken has called on other countries to help ease shortages during meetings at the United Nations and elsewhere, and he has urged Russia to end its blockade of Ukraine’s ports, which has prevented the military from entering the country. cup spills out.
The United Nations and Turkey recently negotiated an agreement in which Russia would allow food shipments to pass through a Russian naval blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. On Monday, a ship full of corn sailing from Ukrainethe first cargo ship to do so in more than five months of the war.
Speaking to Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, by phone on Thursday, Mr. Blinken praised Turkey’s months of diplomacy that led to the corn shipment.
Mr. Blinken then met with Josep Borrell Fontelles, the European Union’s top foreign policy official, and discussed food and energy insecurity. The two officials met on the sidelines of a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations hosted by Cambodia this week.