Deprived of Ukrainian grain, Chad declares "food emergency"

Deprived of Ukrainian grain, Chad declares “food emergency”

The Chadthe third least developed country in the world according to the UN, said “Food emergency” due to the “Constant deterioration of the nutritional situation” due to the war in Ukraine, according to a decree made public on Thursday, June 2nd. According to the United Nations, 5.5 million Chadians, more than a third of the population, needed one “Emergency humanitarian aid” in 2021. A situation that worsened with the war in Ukraine, where Russia imposed a blockade on grain.

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The decree, signed by the head of the ruling junta, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, states a “There is a growing risk that people will face no humanitarian assistance, including food aid.” […] is not brought “. “Government calls on all national actors and international partners to come to the aid of the people”continues the decree.

Russia’s offensive against Ukraine, which accounts for 30 percent of world wheat exports, has led to soaring grain and oil prices, which have surpassed prices in the Arab Spring of 2011 and 2008 famine riots. UN fears “A famine hurricane”mainly in African countries that imported more than half of their wheat from Ukraine or Russia.

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Russia’s war in late February, in addition to ravaging Ukraine, is raging “A three-dimensional global crisis in food, energy and finance, plaguing the most vulnerable peoples, countries and economies”UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday.

The fear of a major food crisis is particularly felt in Africa, where in many countries a predominantly poor population is hit by rising prices – which states cannot curb for lack of financial resources. In the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, millions of people are at risk of starvation.

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The World with AFP

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