The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, has warned that Russia’s war against Ukraine could lead to what he called “a hurricane of hunger” and food insecurity worldwide.
He said many African and poorer countries relied heavily on Russian and Ukrainian wheat production, now endangered by the conflict. These include Burkina Faso, Somalia and Yemen which are already struggling to feed their populations. Mr Guterres called for an immediate ceasefire to avoid a breakdown of the world food systems.
As we are seeing, this war is not just about Ukraine. The effects are rippling out. In Ghana for example, many of us are finding the price increases on fuel and food hard to bear. Many live near the subsistence line. In the West we will cope somehow. But the poorer lands are at the mercy of these bigger issues. And it is beyond just food. Hungry people are desperate people – easily incited and quick to adopt a “They have it and we want it and deserve it” attitude. Result – more war. This Ukrainian conflict is so very very dangerous. Has Putin unleashed the dogs of war? Pray harder.