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Faith Nyasuguta

Russia has fulfilled its commitment to ship 200,000 metric tonnes of free grain to six African countries, marking the realization of President Vladimir Putin’s pledge made in July last  year. 

Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev shared the details during a meeting with Putin, specifying that 50,000 tonnes each were sent to Somalia and the Central African Republic, while 25,000 tonnes each were dispatched to Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, and Eritrea

Putin had made this commitment during a summit with African leaders, following Moscow’s withdrawal from the Black Sea grain initiative, a deal that allowed Ukraine to ship grain from its Black Sea ports.

The Black Sea grain initiative, while contributing to a decline in global market prices, faced criticism from Putin for not effectively supplying countries in urgent need. 

Russia’s decision to withdraw was a strategic move, redirecting its efforts to engage with African nations. Patrushev reported to Putin that swift action was taken to deliver the promised wheat volume to the recipient countries, underscoring the positive momentum in Russia-Africa relations.

Patrushev further informed Putin that Russia anticipates exporting up to 70 million metric tonnes of grain in the 2023-2024 agricultural year. 

This projection surpasses the previous season’s shipment of 66 million tonnes, valued at almost $16.5 billion. The agricultural year in question spans from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024.

The completion of this grain shipment aligns with Russia’s broader efforts to enhance ties with African nations, emphasizing economic cooperation and agricultural partnerships. Putin’s commitment to delivering free grain reinforces Russia’s intent to play a significant role in supporting food security in these countries.

/Al Arabiya/

Amid these developments, it’s noteworthy to observe the evolving dynamics of Africa-Russia relations and the broader geopolitical landscape. 

Russia’s proactive engagement with African nations, as demonstrated by the grain shipment, highlights its efforts to diversify partnerships beyond traditional alliance. The shifting dynamics and alliances position Russia as an influential player in Africa, challenging the influence of traditional Western powers.

As Russia strengthens economic and diplomatic ties with African nations, it raises questions about the evolving global order and the role of the West. 

This outreach to African countries signifies a recalibration of geopolitical relations, presenting opportunities for fresh partnerships and economic interactions. The West also needs to adjust to a changing world and manage its diplomatic and economic ties in a world with multiple power centers.

As Africa becomes a focal point for various nations seeking economic opportunities and diplomatic influence, the competition for engagement in the region intensifies, reshaping the geopolitical landscape.


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    Free? Nothing is free. Africans, when will you start feeding your own stomachs? You’ll find out not too long that nothing is free, nothing!

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