United Nations Warns Russia, Ukraine War Could Lead To Global Food Crisis
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the Russia-Ukraine conflict could lead to a global food crisis that will hit developing countries the hardest.
Reuters (By Dea Bankova, Prasanta Kumar Dutta and Michael Ovaska) reports that Guterres made the remarks at a press conference following a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to discuss the security situation in Europe, recovery from the pandemic and the green transition on the day.
Guterres said the food crisis cannot be resolved effectively unless Russia’s manure and food production, and Ukraine’s food production can reach world markets again.
Guterres also called for swift decisions to counter the food crisis that could arise from the conflict, putting developing countries most at risk.
During his previous visit to Senegal, Guterres noted that the Ukraine crisis can have a dramatic impact on the economies of developing countries, and is aggravating a “triple food, energy and financial crisis” across Africa.
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According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Russia and Ukraine are the world’s largest and fifth-largest wheat exporters, respectively. Together, they provide 19 % of the world’s barley supply, 14 % of wheat and 4 % of maize, making up more than one-third of global cereal exports.
Guterres’ remarks come as authorities in Zimbabwe have since attributed the soaring inflation in the southern African country to the war which started on the 24th of February when Russia invaded its neighbour.