Impact of Russia-Ukraine Conflict on African Food Systems

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Impact of Russia-Ukraine Conflict on African Food Systems

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Impact of Russia-Ukraine Conflict on African Food Systems

While Africa is yet to fully recover from the socio-economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war poses another major threat to the global economy with many African countries being directly affected.

Just within a few weeks, global wheat, sunflower, and oil crude prices have soared to unprecedented levels. Africa is heavily reliant on food imports from both countries, and the Continent is already experiencing price shocks and disruptions in the supply chain of these commodities.

The conflict will likely impact food security in Africa, both through availability and pricing in some food crops, particularly wheat and sunflower, as well as socio-economic recovery and growth, triggered by rising uncertainties in global financial markets and supply chain systems.

In this regard, the African Union Development Agency invites all stakeholders, including policymakers, farmers’ organisations, academia, youth, and the private sector, to submit research papers on how the Russia-Ukraine conflict will impact African Food Systems in the short, medium, and long term. These insights will help to strengthen Africa’s Common Position to build and sustain more resilient and inclusive African food systems in the face of external shocks.

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