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A shortage of Life’s Essentials: The Human Cost of the Food and Fuel Crises

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Even before the war in Ukraine, food and energy prices and global hunger were already on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change impacts, and conflicts. The first half of 2022 has witnessed one of the largest shocks to global food and energy markets that the world has seen in decades. While most countries are impacted by these shocks, poor households face the highest burden. 

This event discussed actions that the international community needs to focus on to address both energy and food shocks. For energy, this includes transitioning to renewable energy. While for food security, there is the need to address the current crisis while at the same time building long-term resilience such as through climate-smart agriculture and innovations in fertilizers. There was an example from Gambia on their investment for an energy roadmap that includes alternative energy sources. Meanwhile, Egypt showcased the country’s efforts to increase agriculture resilience which helped mitigate impacts of the current food crisis.


00:00 Welcome! Annual Meetings | Food and Fuel Crises
02:49 Responding to the food and energy crises
23:11 Live Q&A
29:40 The human cost of food and fuel shortages
33:38 Data in focus: Food and fuel prices
34:46 How to transition to clean energy and resilient food systems
59:19 Voices of youth: Ideas for action
01:02:24 Social media conversation and poll
1:04:52 Key takeaways and closure