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Boris Johnson announces over $454M for global food security
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The British prime minister on Friday announced over £370 million ($454 million) for global food security this year and deplored the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on global food supplies.

Boris Johnson said at the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda’s capital Kigali: “One of the greatest affronts to everything we stand for, including good governance and rule of law, is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s blockage of ports that would otherwise be shipping food for the world’s poorest people.”

He said: “We will invest over £370 million in global food security this year, including £130 million to the World Food Program. We want to work alongside our Commonwealth friends to understand your priorities and to deliver joint solutions.”

Johnson also urged the Commonwealth countries to enroll girls in school and empower them to play their part in the economy when they leave school.

Boris Johnson attends a lesson during a visit to the GS Kacyiru II school on 23 June, where reporters asked him about his meeting with Prince Charles the following day. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/AP

He said: “If I could imagine the silver bullet that will solve an array of problems and transform countless lives it will be to give every girl in the world the chance to go to school.”

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is a pivotal agenda-setting and decision-making space for the diverse community of 54 Commonwealth countries.

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The 2022 CHOGM is being held in Rwanda. It is the first Commonwealth Summit held in a country that is not a former British colony or dominion or the United Kingdom itself.

The 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, also known as CHOGM 2022, is the 26th Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations.