Wheat and different grains are once again at the core of international affairs following Russia’s intrusion of Ukraine.
The two nations assume a significant part in the worldwide agricultural market.
African leaders should focus. They are not left behind in the after-effect.
There is significant farming trade between nations on the continent and Russia and Ukraine.
African nations imported farming items worth US$4 billion from Russia in 2020.
Around 90% of this was wheat, and 6% was sunflower oil.
Major import nations were Egypt, which represented nearly 50% of the imports, trailed by Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Algeria, Kenya, and South Africa.
Likewise, Ukraine traded US$2.9 billion worth of agricultural items to the African continent in 2020.
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Around 48% of this was wheat, 31% maize, and the rest included sunflower oil, grain, and soybeans.
Russia and Ukraine are substantial players in the global tools market.
Russia produces around 10% of worldwide wheat while Ukraine represents 4%. Joined, this is nearly the size of the European Union’s total wheat production.
The wheat is for domestic consumption and well export markets.
Together the two nations represent a fourth of worldwide wheat exports. In 2020 Russia represented 18%, and Ukraine 8%.
The two nations are additionally striking players in maize, answerable for a joined maize production of 4%.
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However, Ukraine and Russia’s commitment is much more significant in trades, access to the main makers, and exporters of sunflower oil.
In 2020, Ukraine’s sunflower oil trades represented 40% of worldwide commodities, with Russia representing 18% of worldwide sunflower oil exports.
Russia’s military activity has caused alarm among certain analysts.
The fear is that intensifying conflict could disturb trade with significant ramifications for worldwide food stability.
Certainly, Africa will be part of those to bear the brunt.