Impact of the Ukrainian crisis in Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe



Since the start of the Ukraine crisis, the impacts have been felt around the world, including in Zimbabwe, through price spikes, supply chain disruptions and a general deterioration in macroeconomic and living conditions, especially for vulnerable sections of society. The dispute comes at a time when Zimbabwe is struggling to recover from the cumulative effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and against the backdrop of a reduced maize crop from the 2021/22 season. . This threatens development gains and hampers progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The distant war had direct effects on rising food, fuel and fertilizer prices and disrupted supply chains and trade, leading to fiscal tightening and worsening inequality and governance problems. Poor households have further sunk into food insecurity due to the rising cost of living. Although some of these factors cannot be directly linked to the Ukrainian crisis, the analysis shows that the conflict in Europe has exacerbated vulnerability and migration as a coping mechanism.

With support from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Fund, WFP, IOM and FAO are jointly examining and monitoring the impact of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia on rising food prices, food security, access to basic needs and agricultural inputs, and migration patterns in Zimbabwe . The analysis will feed into a forward action strategy that will present short- and long-term policy and programmatic recommendations.

Christi C. Elwood