Ukraine war compounds food-security woes of Middle East and North Africa

Arab News says When Russian tanks trundled into Ukraine on Feb. 24, alarm bells started ringing in places even far away from the war zone.

Ukraine war compounds food-security woes of Middle East and North Africa

Arab News says when Russian tanks trundled into Ukraine on Feb. 24, alarm bells started ringing in places even far away from the war zone. It transpired that many countries depended heavily on the two warring parties for their wheat supplies, with Arab states of the Middle East and North Africa region figuring prominently on the list.

Which is partly why, for the governments of Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Sudan, as well as international aid agencies, the conflict has felt much closer to home than the geographical distance suggests.

Within days, the fighting had restricted the capacity of both Russia and Ukraine to continue exporting wheat to one of their biggest markets, which depends on the lower-priced Black Sea grain for a major source of its staple foods.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2040301/middle-east

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