Impact of Russia/ Ukraine Conflict Affecting Poorer African Countries the Most – UN
The United Nations has said that the impacts of Russia’s invasion of top agricultural exporter ,Ukraine, is affecting poorer African countries the most because of their heavy dependence on Russian and Ukrainian wheat. Specifically, German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, on Friday in Berlin accused Russia of using hunger “quite deliberately as a weapon of war” and “taking the whole world hostage.” Baerbock stated this at a gathering of Agriculture and Development Ministers from around the world for a conference on food security amid concerns of the hunger Ukraine conflict could cause in some countries. She explained that as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, grain deliveries across the Black Sea have been stalled by minefields and a Russian military blockade of Ukrainian ports, pointing out that the crisis has seen food prices soar and contributed to the global spike in inflation. She said, “A global hunger crisis has already been looming “like a life-threatening wave”, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has “turned this wave into a tsunami.” Speaking on the conference, Baerbock said it would “offer solutions” such as accelerating food exports from Ukraine through new land routes. It was gathered that representatives from 40 countries, including Nigeria, Tunisia and Indonesia, would attend the meeting with the theme; “Uniting for Global Food Security,” ahead of a G7 leaders’ summit in Bavaria starting on Sunday.