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Africa’s Food Security under the Shadow of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit. Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6764-1887
2022 (English)In: The Strategic Review for Southern Africa, ISSN 1013-1108, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 37-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has emerged as an exogenous shock to global food supply chains, which foreshadows worrying impacts on Africa’s food security and nutrition, and threaten to derail national and global efforts to end hunger and poverty and to achieve sustainable development goals on the continent. This article provides an early assessment of the implications of the invasion for Africa’s food supply chains and food security. Two particularly aggravating factors, which explain the current and likely future impact of the invasion on Africa’s food security are discussed: the timing of the invasion and the two parties involved in the conflict. The article underlines four major channels by which the invasion disrupts African food supply chains: energy markets and shipping routes, availability and prices of agricultural production inputs, domestic food price inflation, and trade sanctions and other financial measures. In addition, the article considers the risk of social and political unrest that disruption to food supply chains and spikes in domestic food prices may inflame. Finally, the paper briefly discusses options for short- and long-term responses by African governments and their development partners to mitigate the repercussions of the conflict on food supply chains, boost food and nutrition security, and build resilience of Africa’s food systems

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2022. Vol. 44, no 1, p. 37-46
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Food Security, Food Supply Chain, Food System, Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Africa
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Political Science Economics and Business Other Agricultural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2696DOI: 10.35293/srsa.v44i1.4083OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2696DiVA, id: diva2:1691173
Available from: 2022-08-29 Created: 2022-08-29 Last updated: 2022-08-30Bibliographically approved

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