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Over 70 poor nations across the world, mostly in Africa are also bearing the brunt of the war. Food supply lines of staple crops such as wheat and corn were gagged. As a result, poor nations are scurrying for alternative suppliers, which are sadly not many. Roughly 345 million people across 82 countries are facing acute food insecurity or high risk of it in 2022—almost 200 million more than before the pandemic.
While Moscow and Kyiv struck a deal on July 22 to finally allow exports from Ukrainian ports, the situation remains volatile, especially after Russian missiles hit the Black Sea port of Odesa within hours of penning the treaty papers.
“Since classical times, Ukraine has helped to feed the world, and since 1991, this has been Ukraine’s role, as the third or fourth biggest exporter of agricultural goods in the world. Now that Russia is blocking the Black Sea, there’s an attempt not only to starve Ukrainians again, but an attempt to make the world break. It’s an attempt to starve millions of people.” – Historian Timothy Snyder