"The Economist" warns of massive famine worldwide

"The Economist" warns of massive famine worldwide
# 20 May 2022 10:25 (UTC +04:00)

‘The Economist" newspaper warns of a massive famine worldwide due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, APA reports.

So says the newspaper ‘The Economist,’ which today reflects on its cover “the food catastrophe that is coming.”

According to the media, the war that began on February 24 impacted the global food system again, weakened by the Covid-19, climate change, and an “energy shock."

In addition, exports of cereals and seeds from Ukraine have stopped. This, in turn, has caused the price of wheat to soar above 50% and reach historic highs. In addition, the cost has increased again after India has suspended wheat exports “with immediate effect” because the high temperatures of recent weeks have reduced crop productivity.

António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, recently confirmed that the coming months threaten “the specter of a global food shortage,” which could last for years.

Germany has acknowledged that Moscow is using hunger as a weapon to fight Ukraine. The Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, has been categorical: “Russia has started a cereal war that is causing a global food crisis,” he denounced.

In this regard, Baerbock has pointed out that currently about 25 million tons of cereals are currently detained in Ukrainian ports.

In the same vein, the German Minister of Agriculture, Cem Özdemir, who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of carrying out a “particularly perfidious” invasion, said in the neighboring country since Ukraine has a large weight in the international food export market.