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Canada to provide CUS$250 million to UN to address global food crisis, says Trudeau

Canada to provide CUS$250 million to UN to address global food crisis, says Trudeau

FILE PHOTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a bilteral meeting with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (not pictured) at the ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 10, 2022. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Canada will provide CUS$250 million (US$193 million) to the United Nations to address a food crisis exacerbated by supply chain constraints and high inflation after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.

"We provided half a billion dollars at the beginning of the year (to the United Nations' World Food Program), and this is an additional CUS$250 million to address this serious crisis," Trudeau told reporters at the Commonwealth summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a major global grain grower and exporter, has affected the global economy by driving up gasoline, oil and food prices.

(US$1 = 1.2979 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil and Steve SCherer in Ottawa; and Jonathan Oatis)

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