Famine is now looming for many people throughout the world, with food insecurity skyrocketing as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing sanctions war with the West.
The world may be on the verge of a global catastrophe as Russia bans ships shipping food from Ukraine.
Ukraine, often known as Europe’s breadbasket, produces a major portion of the world’s grain, with both it and Russia typically exporting over 30% of the world’s wheat alone.
According to a report by Deutsche Welle, that essential supply is now in jeopardy, with the Russian military preventing Ukrainian grain exports from crossing the Black Sea.
“Zero [grain] is now being exported from the ports of Ukraine — nothing is leaving the country at all.” As per the publication, Jörg-Simon Immerz, the head of grain trading firm BayWa.
As a result, several countries around the world are grappling with major food security challenges, with the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food, Michael Fakhri, now warning that a global famine is imminent as a result of Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.
“Global rates of hunger and famine have been on the rise for the previous three years,” Fakhri told The Guardian. “With the Russian invasion, we are now facing the threat of global famine and starvation in more regions.”
“Food should never be used as a weapon, and no country in the world should be forced into famine and desperation,” said the special rapporteur.
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According to an Oxfam report, Yemen — which has already struggled to feed its people due to years of internecine warfare and a brutal Saudi military intervention — imported around 90% of its food in 2017, with a more recent report estimating that 30% of the country’s wheat imports come from Ukraine alone.
The country is now in an even worse predicament than it was before because of the ongoing war in Eastern Europe. “Our humanitarian dollar is truly being pushed to the breaking point,” UN Food Program’s Shaza Moghraby said, adding that rising grain prices as a result of food scarcity might have disastrous consequences for Yemen.