West Africa is on the Brink of Worst Food Crisis in Decade

As a result of the war in Ukraine, West Africa is facing the worst food crisis in a decade. Eleven international aid organizations sounded the alarm on Tuesday.

 

The already disastrous situation in the region threatens to be made worse by the war in Ukraine, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision, among others, report in a joint statement. More than 27 million people in western Africa are already starving. Another 11 million people are at risk of joining by June.

Food prices in West Africa have risen by 30 percent in the past five years due to drought, floods, conflict, and the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact. Moreover, the war in Ukraine could increase food prices worldwide by an additional 20 percent, according to an estimate by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In addition, the war may significantly reduce the availability of wheat in many African countries. This is because a large part of that commodity is imported from Russia or Ukraine.

Also, on the other side of the continent, the worst drought in 40 years threatens to endanger millions of lives in the Horn of Africa. According to UN figures, in parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, more than 13 million people are threatened by acute hunger.

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