We've got news for you.

Register on Sunday Times at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

Africa’s poor are the forgotten victims of Putin’s war, says IMF


Africa’s poor are the forgotten victims of Putin’s war, says IMF

Ukraine conflict has had far-reaching effects on global inflation and food shortages and may result in social unrest

Andrea Shalal and Rachel Savage

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused a shock wave of negative effects across Sub-Saharan Africa, driving food and energy prices higher and putting the most vulnerable people at risk of hunger, says the head of the International Monetary Fund’s Africa department.

The food security crisis had piled pressure on countries already grappling with a protracted Covid-19 pandemic, disrupted education, loss of income and serious debt problems, said Abebe Aemro Selassie. This made it difficult for those countries to mitigate the impact of inflation.

All those factors also stoked the chances of social unrest, the IMF said in its biannual regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa...

This article is free to read if you register or sign in.

Sunday Times Daily

If you have already registered or subscribed, please sign in to continue.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.