Japan unveils $50 million plan to improve food security for Global South nations

Japan has unveiled its plan to provide 50 million dollars in aid to help improve food security for emerging and developing nations that make up the Global South. This comes as food prices have been surging due largely to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yamada Kenji made the announcement on Thursday at a Group of 20 meeting of foreign ministers in India.

The plan will likely include emergency food assistance for countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The Japanese government is expected to make a final decision on it soon.

Analysts say a number of Global South nations maintain a neutral stance on the situation in Ukraine. The aid plan is believed to be part of Japan's efforts to give various kinds of support to boost cooperation with those countries.