South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned against Africa’s reliance on European countries for essential food commodities, saying that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had left African countries with little choice but to start producing food themselves. News24 reports that, while Ramaphosa was pleased about a UN-backed grain export deal, he warned that the war was a cautionary tale for Africa, comparing the need for the continent to be self-reliant, to a similar need witnessed with the supply of vaccines during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.