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Ukraine war increases U.N. food agency’s costs in hunger-hit West Africa

Ukraine war increases U.N. food agency’s costs in hunger-hit West Africa

OPERATIONAL costs of the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) will increase by $136 million in West Africa this year because of the global rise in food and fuel prices driven by the war in Ukraine, the agency said. The additional costs will hamper attempts to relieve a spiralling food crisis in the region fuelled by conflict, drought, pandemic-linked border closures and the impact of Ukraine's crisis on food prices and availability. The WFP was already struggling to expand its response to an "unprecedented food and nutrition crisis" in West Africa, and was forced to cut rations in seven countries…
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Hunger in Africa surges due to conflict, climate and food prices

Hunger in Africa surges due to conflict, climate and food prices

AYENAT MERSIE CONFLICT, climate change and rising food and fuel prices are pushing about a quarter of Africans towards hunger, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. About 346 million people in Africa are facing severe food insecurity, meaning they have likely experienced hunger, in the worst crisis since 2017. Last year, the figure was about 286 million. "The acute food insecurity situation in many of the countries where we are working - and people are already affected by armed conflict - is tipping into famine-like conditions," said Dominik Stillhart, ICRC's global operations director. Two years of conflict…
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Nigeria inflation rises in Feb on fuel costs, Ukraine war set to stoke food prices

Nigeria inflation rises in Feb on fuel costs, Ukraine war set to stoke food prices

CHIJIOKE OHUOCHA NIGERIA'S inflation climbed 0.1 percentage point to 15.70% in February, the statistics office said, after fuel shortages stoked transport and other costs, while the war in Ukraine could drive up the cost of wheat imports in the coming weeks. Russia's invasion of Ukraine last month could impact financial markets, trade, transport logistics, food and commodity prices on the African continent, threatening the recovery from COVID-19. A continuing halt to Ukraine's grain exports caused by the war could hit African countries, a report has said. Wheat was Nigeria's second biggest import during the fourth quarter after petrol, the statistics…
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