Dakar (The Times Groupe)- If wheat exports from Ukraine to Africa do not resume, there will be a “very serious” famine situation on the continent, Senegal’s President Macky Sall, who is also chairman of the African Union, said Thursday. wheat
Sall warned that the famine may destabilize the continent, according to radio and television outlets in France.
When Sall recalled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week in the capital Moscow, he said that he requested that Putin assist Africa in gaining access to fertilizer and grain.
He also called for an end to the war on Ukraine during the meeting.
As Russia has blocked the Black Sea ports that normally ship grains to the world, last week UN officials warned that global food security had been threatened 100 days into the Russia-Ukraine war, warning that famine, destabilization, and mass migration were all possible.
“”The impasse on the Black Sea imperils global food and commodity security. Food insecurity is set to worsen, which puts 1.7 billion people at risk of increased poverty,” UN crisis coordinator for Ukraine, Amin Awad said at a Geneva UN news conference from Kyiv.
The World Food Program’s emergency coordinator in Ukraine, Matthew Hollingworth, described Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea ports as a “silver bullet” for preventing global famines and global hunger.