Christian Dorer, Editor-in-Chief of the Blick Group
At the WEF, everyone discussed Russia’s war against Ukraine: the dead and injured, the course of the war, arms deliveries, reconstruction and Swiss neutrality…
It almost went unnoticed that the war could soon trigger global famine! Ukraine produces grain for 400 million people – primarily in poor countries such as Egypt, South Sudan, Lebanon, Kenya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
These exports are highly endangered: because fertilizers and pesticides were lacking, the harvest is sometimes more modest. And with Russia blocking Ukrainian seaports and the Black Sea, stored wheat cannot travel by ship. The railway network is damaged and everything has to be reloaded at the border due to different gauges; storage facilities are also lacking. And if export is not possible, then the wheat rots.
President Selenski’s economic adviser Alexander Rodnyansky (36) said in Blick-Talk: “Russia wants to prevent Ukraine from exporting wheat. They would even rejoice in a famine in North Africa and elsewhere in the world. Why? Because that would distract from the situation in Ukraine.”
The Kiev MP Yevheniya Kravchuk (36) launched a dramatic appeal at a WEF dinner: “Food security is a much bigger problem than gas and oil – there are alternatives, and a factory can also be shut down if necessary. But humans cannot stop eating. Why doesn’t anyone recognize that?”
In fact, global famine could soon become the dominant issue – with consequences for all of us. The director of the UN World Food Program estimates that 320 million people are already suffering from hunger – four times more than five years ago.
Nothing makes people more unpredictable than hunger. The French Revolution in 1789, the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the Arab Spring in 2011 were triggered, among other things, by a lack of food. This time there may not be a revolution, but there will definitely be more waves of refugees.
And so it is foreseeable that Vladimir Putin (69) will use hunger as a weapon, at least as a means of blackmail: Wheat ships through the Black Sea against the easing of sanctions …
What can each and every one of us do? First, donate to the poorest in the world. Second, prevent food waste. It shouldn’t be that a third of our food is wasted while the poorest part of the world is starving!
Point of View by Christian Dorer