Chad decrees “food emergency”


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Chad, the world’s third least developed country, has declared a “food emergency” this Thursday, according to the United Nations. “Persistent deterioration in nutritional status” Because of the war in ukraineAccording to a decree published on Thursday.

In 2021, 5.5 million ChadiansAccording to the United Nations, more than a third of the population is in need of “urgent humanitarian aid”. The situation in this Central African country has been worsened by the conflict in Ukraine, where Russia bans grain exports to Ukraine,

Mahamat Idris DB Itno, head of Chad’s front military junta, has signed a decree in which he has warned about the “increasing risk of overpopulation if there is no humanitarian support along with food aid.” According to the decree, “the government calls on all national actors and their international allies to come and help the population.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a sharp rise in grain and oil prices, as both countries represent 30% of world wheat exports. fear of the United Nations “storm of famine”, especially in African countriesThose who import half their wheat from Ukraine or Russia.

In addition to the shortage of wheat, the populations of African countries are particularly vulnerable to inflation of food prices, as their administrations practically do not have the financial resources to compensate them.

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