Norwegian Prime Minister fears anti-corona measures will affect the food supply for a long time

Erna SolbergPhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB

“We had a major setback with the pandemic,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) said, commenting on the global fight against hunger.

Solberg met the press after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Program (WFP). 

She congratulated the WFP on behalf of the Norwegian government.

The Prime Minister believes that numerous countries have not been particularly successful in understanding the potential consequences of coronavirus infection control measures. 

“Especially countries that don’t have their own ports. They are now seeing that they aren’t getting imported fertilizer, food, or seeds. 

“If you don’t get seeds, you will also have challenges with the next harvest. 

“We will have bigger challenges next year,” Solberg said.

A common fight

She also pointed to the current problems faced by seafarers worldwide due to the pandemic, which means that fewer ships are sailing the world’s oceans with food on board.

“It is about each country understanding that their measures can have consequences for other countries. 

“It is a matter of ensuring that there are open channels to the countries that do not have ports and that maritime trade must go on,” Solberg said. 

The Prime Minister pointed out that the number of people affected by hunger was declining before the corona pandemic.

“It was because WFP, among other things, has run some long-term projects, but also because we managed to get more fertilizer and more cultivation, so we were about to get much better at fighting hunger. Then, we had a significant setback with the pandemic,” Solberg concluded.

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