Members of the International Oilseeds Producers' Dialogue (IOPD) convened their XXIV meeting on August 29, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. The meeting occurred as the issues of food security and the affordability of food and energy have come into renewed focus. Amidst these challenges, IOPD members adopted the following declaration:
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has caused unprecedented stress on the global food, fertilizer and energy system. The war has disrupted access to food and energy supply chains, jeopardized the food security of millions globally, and interrupted the availability and affordability of fertilizer and other essential inputs for the world's farmers. These effects are being felt globally, but are particularly acute for the most vulnerable and food insecure in Africa and Asia, where the fight against hunger is a daily challenge.
The shocks caused by Russia's actions have only compounded the ongoing effects resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. IOPD members call for world leaders to work together on coordinated responses to these crises, including through multilateral institutions for the benefit of the world's most vulnerable populations.
Farmers around the world are also ready to step up. Demand for vegetable oils and oilseed products continues to be strong and oilseed producers are well-positioned to be consistent, reliable and sustainable partners in addressing these crises. Vegetable oils and protein meals provide a nutrient-dense... (read more)