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Ukraine war compounding food crises and poverty in Africa

ucraina e africaThe far-reaching effects of the war in Ukraine include the worsening of a food security crisis in many African countries that rely on wheat, barley, fertilizer and vegetable oils imports.

By Marine Henriot & Linda Bordoni

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa rely on Russia and Ukraine for a significant percentage of their wheat, fertilizers and vegetable oils imports, but the war has disrupted global commodity markets and trade flows to Africa, and increased high food prices.

Speaking to Vatican Radio, Lena Simet, a senior researcher on poverty and inequality at Human Rights Watch says urgent action is required from governments and the international community as rising prices compound the plight of millions of people who are already suffering from the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Climate Change.

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