Africa Warns of Food Crisis from Ukrainian Port Blockade

The African Union warned European Union leaders of food shortages and price rises because Russia blockaded Ukraine’s ports.  

“The worst is perhaps ahead of us,” said Senegal president Macky Sall who chairs the union. 

Sall said via a video link to the 27 EU leaders meeting in Brussels that Africa’s “strong dependence” on Russian and Ukrainian wheat hit the African countries hard that 282 million people did not get enough food to eat.  

“In the immediate future, we would like everything to be done to release available grain stocks and ensure transport and access to the market, to avoid a catastrophic scenario of shortages and generalized high prices,” Sall added. 

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said he and the German chancellor asked Vladimir Putin to end the blockade under the terms of a UN resolution.  

Meanwhile, Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said he would be talking to Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov next week to address opening a Black Sea corridor for Ukrainian grain exports, among other things. 

Before the war, African countries imported 44% of their wheat from Ukraine, which reports said could provide enough food for 400 million people. 

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