WTO warns of prolonged food crisis kicked of by war in Ukraine

Food crisis
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Head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says the food crisis which has been kicked off by the Ukraine war could last for years without intervention. She said African countries could be hit especially hard by wheat and fertilizer shortages.

Millions of tonnes of grain are sitting in warehouses and Ukrainian Ports unable to be exported due to the war.

Ukraine is a major global exporter of wheat, contributing to nine percent of the global market.

It also accounts for a massive 42% chunk of the global sunflower oil market, and 16% of the world’s maize.

The United Nations is leading efforts to try to establish a “grain corridor” with a Turkish naval escort for tankers leaving Odessa and other Ukrainian ports.

But, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine needs to clear mines from its Black Sea ports.

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