WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
Africa is already the world’s most food insecure continent. Acute food insecurity rose 60 percent in the year to February 2021 – largely as a result of the so-called three c’s – COVID, conflict and climate change.
But with Ukraine and Russia supplying millions of tonnes of wheat, maize and sunflower oil to Africa every year until now, many countries – from Egypt to Tanzania, Kenya to Nigeria – are going to have to look elsewhere for their supplies, and find the money to buy them in a world of soaring food prices.
Here, Professor Ruth Oniyang’o, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development joins Stephen to explain the truly global impact of the crisis in Ukraine.
MEET THE EXPERT
Professor Ruth Oniyang’o is the founder and editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development.
She has had a successful academic career, becoming the first Professor of Nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, and serving as a Member of the Kenyan Parliament from 2003-07 where she was Shadow Minister for Education, Science and Technology. Over three decades ago, she also founded Rural Outreach Africa, to serve women smallholder farmers and help create jobs for youth within the agricultural value chain.
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