Africa: Russia Continues to Donate Grain and Fertilizers to Neediest Countries

UN: At least 2.7 million people in rural Zimbabwe need food aid

Emmerson Mnangagwa

As promised by President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa Forum in July 2023, Russia is sending grain and fertilizer free of charge to African countries that need it most. After exporting 11.5 million tons of wheat to Africa in 2022, from the second half of last year to the first three months of 2024, Russia transferred hundreds of thousands of tons of grain and fertilizer to six African countries: Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Mali, Eritrea, Somalia, and Central African Republic.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on March 20 thanked Moscow for receiving 250,000 tons of grain donated by the Russian government and 23,000 tons of fertilizers supplied by the Russian industrial group Uralkhim-Uralkali. Russian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Nikolai Krasilnikov said the delivery was part of a humanitarian aid operation. “Both deliveries were made as part of the implementation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initiative to help African countries,” said the head of Russia’s diplomatic mission in this southern African country.

The aid comes at a time when Zimbabwe and many other southern African countries are struggling with food shortages due to an ongoing drought, blamed on the El Niño weather phenomenon. As the UN announced, “at least 2.7 million people in rural Zimbabwe are in need of food aid.”