Asian and African nations are facing severe food shortages as the Ukraine conflict continues to unfold.
Ukraine and Russia combined produce roughly 12% of the world’s calories, as well as 30% of the world’s traded wheat. The United Nations warned as early as March that Ukraine’s ability to “harvest crops, plant new ones or sustain livestock production” was in jeopardy due to the Russian invasion.
Indeed, African nations like Kenya and Ethiopia — which are already struggling with drought conditions and related livestock deaths — are facing compounded food shortages amid a global rise in food prices.
“The cost of grain, fuel and fertilizer has skyrocketed worldwide, worsening hunger crises,” ABC News reported, adding that “many countries in East Africa rely on Russia and Ukraine for a significant percentage of these agricultural commodities.” The United Nations’ World Food Programme’s local food basket has also soared in price by 23% over the past year.
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