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Collateral Damage: War in Ukraine Endangers Food Security in Africa

Part of the Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals – Regional Perspectives book series (IUNSDGRP)


With an area of 603,000 square kilometres, Ukraine is the largest state whose borders lie entirely in Europe. On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a major attack on Ukraine. An end to the hostilities is not yet in sight. This war is having primarily direct consequences to Europe, but global supply chains are also being affected. One of these is the trade of food, more specifically, the export of grains. Almost 30% of global wheat exports have so far come from Ukraine and Russia. As supply shocks lead to significant price increases in global food markets, the reduction or loss of export volumes due to the war in Ukraine and trade restrictions with Russia is already having negative consequences for the food security of many countries in Africa. This chapter describes the problem and its implications and suggests some measures that may be deployed to mitigate the impacts, as well as discuss the problem in the context of the SDGs.


  • Food insecurity
  • Grain production
  • War
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Africa

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Leal Filho, W., Platje, J.J., Eustachio, J.H.P.P., Hunt, J.D. (2023). Collateral Damage: War in Ukraine Endangers Food Security in Africa. In: Leal Filho, W., Dinis, M.A.P., Moggi, S., Price, E., Hope, A. (eds) SDGs in the European Region . Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals – Regional Perspectives. Springer, Cham.

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