Nigeria and other African countries must prepare for a global food crisis occasioned by the Russia-Ukraine war, African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina has advised.
Adesina said the war had worsened the woes of many Africans that resulted from the Coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic and climate change. He explained that Russia and Ukraine supply 30 per cent of global wheat exports, the price of which has surged by almost 50 per cent globally, reaching identical levels as during the 2008 global food crisis.
The AfDB boss, therefore, urged African leaders to fend off the food crisis by rapidly expanding the continent’s food production. “My basic principle is that Africa should not be begging. We must solve our own challenges ourselves without depending on others,” he said. According to a statement by the AfDB yesterday, Adesina gave the advice while speaking about Africa’s priorities as a guest at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center on Friday.
The bank chief stressed the need for an increased sense of urgency amid what he described as a once-in-a-century convergence of global challenges for Africa.