Zelenskyy Speaks On The Damning Effect Of Russia-Ukraine War On African Food Supplies
Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has revealed that the African continent is a victim of Russia’s war on Ukraine, citing food supply shortages as a key issue on Monday.
Zelenskyy, who addressed the African Union (AU) on Monday, said Africa is a ‘hostage’ of those who have warred on Ukraine; referring to the Russian invasion. He also assured that Kyiv is currently in serious talks to undo the halt to grain exports at its Black Sea ports; which is as a result of blockades by the Russian navy.
‘Africa is actually a hostage… of those who unleashed war against our state.
‘This war may seem very distant to you and your countries. But the food prices that are catastrophically rising have already brought (the war) to the homes of millions of African families.
‘The unjust level of food prices, which has been provoked by the Russian war, is being painfully felt on all continents. Unfortunately, this can be a particular problem for your countries,’ he said.
Food shortages have been recorded on a global scale with concerns of famine in several parts of Africa. The effect of the blockade means that a major producer and exporter of grains in the world has halted its activities; resulting in unprecedented shortage of grains and fertilisers, leaving hundreds of millions of people at risk of starving.
President Zelenskyy further assured that efforts are being made to build a new logistical supply chain for the 25 million tonnes of grain blocked inside its borders.
‘We are conducting complex multilevel negotiations to unblock our Ukrainian ports. But there is no progress yet because no real tool has yet been found to ensure Russia does not attack them again.
‘That is why the food crisis in the world will continue as long as this colonial war continues,’ Zelenskyy said.
Meanwhile, Senegalese President and Chairman of the African Union, Macky Sall, expressed gratitude to Zelenskyy via a tweet, stating that Africa ‘remains committed to respecting the rules of international law, the peaceful resolution of conflict and the freedom of trade’.
Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, highlighted ‘the urgent need for dialogue to end the conflict to allow peace to return to the region and to restore global stability’ through a post made on Twitter.
Economic experts have reported that the Russia-Ukraine war has triggered a food crisis; with prices increasing to record levels due to disruptions in supply of grains and fertilisers. Fragile Arab countries have also suffered food supply shortages due to the war.