The war in Ukraine has brought into sharp relief how tenuous some of the staple foods we take for granted can vanish. The situation is dire and threatens world’s food security, with many GAIN countries directly affected. Russia and Ukraine are particularly important for Africa's wheat imports with almost 40% being sourced from that area. Disruption there means these countries have to go elsewhere for their imports, causing a drive-in price and demand. Russia's agricultural trade with Africa is predominantly wheat (90%) and for Ukraine, wheat and maize count for approximately 80% of its agricultural trade with Africa, creating a massive knock-on effect for fortified staples.
Today our panellists, all from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition will try and give a prismatic view of what this war will entail from a food shortage spectrum.