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UN agencies warned that the war in Ukraine and climate change could push starvation to unprecedented levels. Photo AFP

UAE to invest US$2 billion in India for ‘food parks’ amid growing global food insecurity

  • The idea is to bring farmers, processors and retailers together in one place using climate technology to minimise waste, conserve water and maximise crop yields
  • In first meeting of I2U2 Group, India, US, UAE and Israel said they would advance renewable energy projects in India in addition to tackling food insecurity
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The United Arab Emirates has pledged US$2 billion to help develop a series of “food parks” in India to tackle food insecurity in South Asia and the Middle East, the UAE, India, the United States and Israel said on Thursday.

The idea is to bring farmers, processors and retailers together in one place using the latest climate technology to minimise waste, conserve water and maximise crop yields.

The four countries would also advance renewable energy projects in India, they said in a statement.

“US and Israeli private sectors will be invited to lend their expertise and offer innovative solutions that contribute to the overall sustainability of the project,” the statement said.

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The investment plan follows the first leaders’ meeting of the I2U2 Group, comprising the UAE, India, Israel and the US, on Thursday. US President Joe Biden is leading the meeting while on his tour of the Middle East.

“There’s an enormous need around the world for infrastructure”, US President Joe Biden said. “Right now there’s a vacuum”.

President Biden, the UAE, Israeli and Indian leaders are focusing on food security and clean energy amid fears of global food shortages caused by the war in Ukraine.

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Russia and Ukraine are the world’s third and fourth largest grain exporters, respectively, while Russia is also a key fuel and fertiliser exporter.

The war has disrupted their exports, pushed world food prices to record levels and triggered protests in developing countries already contending with elevated food prices due to Covid-related supply chain disruptions.

UN agencies warned this month that the war in Ukraine and climate change could push starvation and mass migration to unprecedented levels.

Additional reporting by Bloomberg

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