WFP: The effects of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis are fueling the food crisis in Ethiopia

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The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) warned on Thursday that the ripple effect of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict threatens to deepen Ethiopia’s food crisis.

In an operational update report, the WFP said Ukraine and Russia account for more than three-quarters of WFP’s wheat stocks, putting additional pressure on its operations across the world, including in Ethiopia. .

The WFP report also says Ethiopia is a major importer of wheat from Ukraine and Russia, with supply disruptions linked to the Ukraine crisis threatening to exacerbate food insecurity in the West African country. ballast.

“The crisis in Ukraine also threatens to push the cost of wheat and fertilizer beyond the means of millions of Ethiopian farmers, threatening this year’s harvest,” the WFP report further reveals.

According to official data, Ethiopia recorded a record 43.9% food inflation in May, with a combination of conflict and drought contributing to rising food prices in the country.

The UN agency has also warned that a malnutrition crisis is looming in Ethiopia due to a severe lack of funding for its operations.

According to WFP, between January and April, WFP managed to reach only 40 percent of the 1.4 million acutely malnourished women and children in northern Ethiopia with nutritional treatment due to the severe lack of funding.

The UN agency aims to reach more than 11 million vulnerable people in Ethiopia over the next six months, but is struggling with a funding shortfall of US$470 million.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

Christi C. Elwood