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    UN warns of catastrophic hunger, G7 and Putin brawl, India tries to steps up

    June7/ 2022

    California: Food scarcity [https://www.aninews.in/topic/food-scarcity], including shortage of wheat a staple for nearly 2.5 billion people, has brought millions, particularly in Africa to the edge of starvation and malnutrition that could plague them for years. The United Nations is ringing loud alarm bells to warn of catastrophic hunger and deaths in the coming months but to little avail. Chair of the African Union and President of Senegal Macky Sall [https://www.aninews.in/topic/african-union-and-president-of-senegal-macky-sall] made an urgent trip to meet Russia's Vladimir Putin in person last week to get nearly 20 million tons of wheat out of Ukraine by cargo vessels. But he had to come away without any concrete actions to ease the hunger. The US is accusing Putin of stealing Ukraine's wheat and subverting draconian financial sanctions to sell it cheaply to African countries stricken by drought. He is finding ready takers because wheat prices have shot up more than 60 per cent this year mostly because Russia's invasion of Ukraine has blocked deliveries from those two countries. They usually provide nearly one-third of global wheat exports. UN chief Antonio Guterres [https://www.aninews.in/topic/un-chief-antonio-guterres], who also met Putin personally in April, said after a visit to Africa's poverty-stricken Sahel region, "Severe acute malnutrition - a wasting disease that can kill if left untreated - is rising. Farm animals are already dying of hunger." "Leaders told me that because of the war in Ukraine, on top of the other crises they face, they fear this dangerous situation could tip into catastrophe," he added. The response from the world's seven richest countries (G7) at meetings last month was disappointing mostly beca ...

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