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Russia’s pullout from Black Sea Grain Initiative leaves Africa’s poorest exposed

By David Whitehouse

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Posted on July 21, 2023 07:33

FILE PHOTO: Commercial vessels including vessels which are part of Black Sea grain deal wait to pass the Bosphorus strait off the shores of Yenikapi during a misty morning in Istanbul, Turkey, October 31, 2022. REUTERS
Russian has said that ships sailing to Ukraine to pick up grain are henceforth a military target. (Reuters)

Russia’s decision to pull out of the Black Sea Grain Initiative risks increasing food security for more than 50 million Africans hit by drought.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in July 2022 to allow the safe passage of Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea, in the context of Russian’s war on Ukraine.

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