The UK is launching a new initiative focused on developing crops that can withstand climate change.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will announce this during a Global Food Security Summit in London, which includes partners such as Somalia, the UAE, and foundations led by Bill and Melinda Gates
. More than 20 countries will participate.
Sunak emphasizes the need for proactive measures against hidden causes of food shortages, such as the Ukrainian war and natural disasters. The UK aims to lead efforts to tackle these global challenges.
The initiative will feature a digital science hub, led by the CGIAR research partnership. It will connect British scientists to projects aiming to create more climate-resilient and disease-resistant crops.
Additionally, the UK government will reveal a new strategy outlining collaborative efforts to address poverty and climate impact, shifting focus from just giving financial aid. The plan calls for international financial mobilization and innovation.
The UK is also committing up to £100 million to nations severely affected by food scarcity and climate crises, including Ethiopia, Sudan, and Malawi.