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Russian blockade of Ukraine's ports could turn food crisis into catastrophe as hundreds of millions depend on its grain

According to charities, Russia’s invasion and blockade Ukraine of its ports has a direct effect on the food crisis in the world.

The World Food Programme highlighted Somalia’s impact in particular.

Sky News spokesperson Petroc Wilton that the war is making an already terrible situation worse.

He stated that food prices had already risen to an alarmingly high level.

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“The current concern is that Ukraine is making things worse, as well as because of the impact that Ukraine’s crisis on aviation fuel prices, and (and) international shipping costs.

“So, the real worry right now is that Ukraine might make an already dire situation even worse.”

Somalia’s 7.1 million inhabitants will be facing food insecurity that is severe in the coming months. More than 200,000 of them are in extreme food insecurity. Famine is imminent.

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“People are abandoning all,” said Mr Wilton. “People travel only with what they can carry and some pets and their families, sometimes over days, to get to the place they believe they might receive assistance.”

The conflict in Ukraine could lead to a crisis that will turn into a disaster for millions of people around the world who depend on its grain.

Its grain exports provided food for 400 million people around the world last year. The country is receiving very little foreign trade.

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Russia open to discussing allowing Ukrainian grain from blocked Black Sea ports, amid fears of food shortage

How Putin’s invasion is causing an international food crisis – and how to fix it

Russia isn’t just blocking Ukraine’s ports; it’s also being accused of taking its grain. It was captured by satellite loading the grain into ships at the ports it occupied.

Illegally diverting grain from Kenya, which is currently facing drought and hunger, is a common practice.

The price of grain around the globe is on the rise, but it also makes it more difficult to obtain help for those who need it.

Russia is accused of supplying grain to Ukraine with weapons. Despite mounting international criticism, Moscow has not been humbled.

Turkey is leading diplomatic efforts to open grain corridors across the Black Sea.

The mass suffering that the war in Ukraine has caused will not stop being exported.

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