Water Peace and Security Quarterly Update #2: Ukraine Food Security Impacts
Which parts of the world are most at risk of conflict? Four times a year the Water, Peace and Security Partnership (WPS) publishes its assessment, based on the WPS global early warning tool. These Quarterly Updates will be accompanied by a short podcast looking at the headline findings.
In this second WPS Quarterly Update podcast, accompanying WPS’ May 2022 Quarterly Update, Nicholas Walton interviews Susanne Schmeier, Associate Professor in Water and Diplomacy at IHE Delft, which is a lead partner of WPS. Schmeier discusses the worsening drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and northern Kenya.
“One out of three pieces of bread that’s being produced and sold in Africa and the MENA [Middle East and North Africa] region is made with wheat from Ukraine. So we have an extra risk factor coming on top of the risks that we see in these regions already, originating from drought and water management issues.”
– Susanne Schmeier, Associate Professor in Water and Diplomacy at IHE Delft
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