Ethiopia: Russian FM Sergey Lavrov dismisses ‘so-called food crisis’ on last leg of Africa tour
28 July 2022 | 4:05 pm
Lavrov has sought to offer Moscow's support to Addis Ababa amid Western pressure. He has also again blamed Western sanctions for an ongoing food crisis, which has heavily impacted Africa.
Tigray fighters have withdrawn from the Afar and Amhara regions, but people there remain wary. DW's Mariel Müller reports from the Amhara town of Lalibela, where more are taking up arms.
The war in Ethiopia has left tens of thousands dead and millions displaced, as government troops and the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front battle over territory. A UN investigation found all sides in the conflict had committed atrocities, including rape. Warning: This report contains descriptions of sexual violence.
United Nations agencies are warning that price hikes sparked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine will worsen a food crisis in Africa, where tens of millions of people have already been plunged into extreme poverty by the COVID-19 pandemic, armed conflicts, climate shocks and economic turmoil.
Top G7 diplomats meeting in Germany have warned the war in Ukraine is stoking a crisis that threatens the world's poorest. They also pledged to continue their military assistance to Ukraine for "as long as necessary."
Ethiopia has agreed a reconstruction and recovery grant with the World Bank, to be used to rebuild basic services in conflict-hit regions of the country.
In 2021, sub-Saharan Africa counted the most internal movements, with more than five million displacements reported in Ethiopia alone, as the country grappled with the raging and expanding Tigray conflict and a devastating drought. That marks the highest figure ever registered for a single country.
The world is facing its worst food crisis in history. Millions of tonnes of wheat are stuck in Ukraine, worsening an already precarious situation for many countries that depend on exports from the region. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva tells FRANCE 24 Business Editor Kate Moody that only "very strong international mobilisation" will save the lives of millions of people. Also in our update from Davos: EU member states move towards an embargo on Russian oil, but with no consensus on the timeline.
African Union leaders are meeting in Equatorial Guinea. Inflation and war in Ukraine are increasing food prices across Africa. Four AU member states are suspended because of coups.
The world is on the verge of its worst food crisis in history. In this special edition, FRANCE 24's Business Editor Kate Moody asks leaders in Davos what they are proposing to protect the most vulnerable. Our reporters also look at how Finland has become one of the most food-resilient countries in the world. Plus we meet Apeel CEO James Rogers, who's fighting against food waste with an all-natural spray that extends the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables.
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Amid a growing food crisis sparked by disrupted grain exports from Ukraine and Russia, the EU's ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas told FRANCE 24 that exports by land more than doubled between April and May, from 600,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes.
The conflict has cut off supplies from Ukraine's ports, which once exported vast amounts of cooking oil as well as cereals such as maize and wheat. This has reduced the global supply and caused the price of alternatives to soar. Global food prices are almost 30% higher than the same time last year, according to the UN.
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