Grain shortfall from Ukraine war exacerbates food insecurity in Africa (rfi)
In an effort to cover wheat shortages following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, African countries are looking to other sources, or trying to use local-based alternatives in order to provide bread each day. However this is also causing a spike in food prices.
“What is coming immediately is an increase in price, which will have an impact on the government’s fiscal budget,” says Kibrom Aboy, research fellow and Egypt country head for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Cairo.
“This means an increase in price on wheat and other products, and has impact on poor households too.”
While Egypt has enough wheat until September, the government is trying to source from other places such as India, Argentina, Kazakhstan, and Romania, Aboy says.