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podcast | Ukraine and climate change elevate food crisis to pandemic

Just a few days ago the Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Baileythrew a “apocalyptic” warning about the effects of rising food prices and their scarcity. “It’s a very, very important concern” and not just for his country, he warned, but for the developing world. The British monetary policy maker asserted, in fact, that higher food and energy prices will have a far greater effect than any increase in interest rates.

The invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia have aggravated the food crisis caused by covid and fueled by extreme weather events such as droughts or floods in areas that are also cereal producers, as is the case in India. We traveled to that country hand in hand with Susan Hidalgo, communication director of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation. In fact, since the beginning of the war, the United Nations (UN) has warned of the enormous impact of the conflict on food security, given that Ukraine and Russia are two of the world’s main producers of cereals and dozens of countries in particular depend on their exports. Africa and the Middle East.

In Africa the situation is extremely serious. Since last year, people at risk of starvation in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia have doubled from ten to 23 million. The region is going through the worst drought in four decades and this, added to covid-19 and the increase in food prices caused by the war in Ukraine, has left nearly half a million people in Somalia and Ethiopia “in poor conditions.” close to famine”, as explained to ‘La Información’ Lourdes Benavidezresponsible for climate justice at Oxfam Intermón.

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