Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has led to thousands of deaths, injured many thousands more, displaced over ten million citizens from their homeland and created the most dangerous moment in international affairs in more than 80 years. Yet there may be even more suffering to come; the invasion could lead to hundreds of millions of people going hungry around the world in what some forecast could be the biggest food crisis since the Second World War.

As Barbara Woodward, Britain’s ambassador to the UN Security Council, spelt out so clearly in a debate earlier this week on Ukraine: “Russia’s appetite for war is taking food off the world’s table.”