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First Mediterranean Ministerial Dialogue on the Food Security Crisis in the Region

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Acting Director-General for Multilateral Affairs and Development Cooperation Eva Tomič took part in the first Mediterranean Ministerial Dialogue on the Food Security Crisis via audio-video link. The event was organised by Italy within the scope of G7 to enhance regional activities in the area of safe food supply.

Acting Director-General Eva Tomič during the audio-video conference, sitting behind the computer

Acting Director-General Eva Tomič taking part in the audio-video conference | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

Acting Director-General Tomič underlined the importance of using an appropriate approach for the development of resilient food systems in the Mediterranean. She pointed to the fact that financing needs to be linked with development cooperation, humanitarian aid and the security dimension. She expressed satisfaction with the already adopted short-term measures of the European Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at stabilising agricultural markets. She also underlined Slovenia's commitment to providing aid to the affected countries. Over the past few years, Slovenia has doubled the contributions for food security, particularly by supporting the WFP and FAO activities.

The main target of the first Mediterranean Ministerial Dialogue on the Food Security Crisis is to provide support to the Mediterranean countries that have been the most affected by the effects of food insecurity generated by the war in Ukraine, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, and climate change. The discussions focused on the most appropriate concrete mid-term and long-term action to ensure food security in the region. This will require the cooperation and support of three UN agencies based in Rome – the FAO, IFAD and WFP.