IHe warned UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday of the consequences of Russia’s war in Ukraine, which could lead to a “famine hurricane” in many countries.
“Ukraine is on fire” and “the country is being destroyed before the eyes of the world”. “We must do everything we can to avoid the hurricane of famine and the collapse of the global food system,” he told the media in New York.
Antonio Guterres underlined that the war, in its echo, should “strike hard at the poor and sow the seeds of political instability and instability around the world,” as agricultural production in Ukraine and Russia is stagnant.
War going beyond Ukraine
“This war is beyond Ukraine,” he said.
“Grain prices are already higher than the beginning of the Arab Spring and the 2007-2008 food riots.” “The FAO (United Nations ROM-based Food and Agriculture Organization) World Food Price Index is at an all-time high,” he said.
In total, “45 African and least developed countries import a third of their wheat from Ukraine or Russia – of which 18 countries import at least 50%, including Burkina Faso, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Includes, ”the UN chief said, reiterating his call for an immediate end to the war.
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