Dr Kathryn Taetzsch reflects on the scandal of forcing hungry people to leave food-producing fields in Ukraine, denying food to hungry people in Africa.
When I drove through Western Ukraine back in April, there were rich brown fields as far as the eye could see. I was grateful for any tractors I saw ploughing the fresh earth, recently freed from snow and ice. I was pleased at the illusion of agricultural routine. I pretended that everything was normal, held on to the hope that one day that this ploughing would also return to Eastern and Southern Ukraine—one of the world’s ‘breadbaskets’.
In East and Southern Ukraine today, mortars stick out of the ground, landmines are barely hidden, there is unexploded ordnance on the side of the road and in ditches close to many agricultural pathways and roads in this vast land. Rather than life and harvest, these remnants of war bring death both at home and abroad.