The Black Sea grain deal is about to expire. What is at stake for Africa?

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By Marco Cacciati in Berlin On October 29 Russia pulled out of the “Black Sea Initiative” grain deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey last July and hailed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as “a beacon of hope and relief”. The landmark agreement stabilised global food prices after the spike that followed the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February and narrowly avoided a famine crisis in many African countries, such as Ethiopia and Somalia, already badly affected by severe drought. The reason for Russia’s recent “suspension” of the deal was an offensive allegedly carried out by Ukraine wit…

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