27 May 2022

‘Up to 47 million could face acute hunger due to war in Ukraine’

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

As many as 47 million people across the world face acute hunger if the war in Ukraine doesn’t end, the World Food Programme says.

Ukraine and Russia are both major exporters of the wheat, maize and barley that hundreds of millions of people depend on in some of the poorest parts of the world.  But the war means those exports have been hugely disrupted.

We spoke to Michael Dunford, the World Food Programme’s Regional Director for Eastern Africa, and asked him about the ships with cargoes of wheat which are trapped on the dockside – going nowhere – and what that means for countries already struggling to feed people?