UPDATE 1-Renewing Black Sea grain deal critical for Africa, WFP boss says

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(Adds quotes, details, context) By John Irish MUNICH, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Failure to renew a U.N.-backed initiative that has enabled Ukraine to export grain from ports blockaded by Russia would be catastrophic as millions in Africa are on the cusp of famine, the head of the U.N. food agency warned on Saturday. Negotiations will start in a week on extending the trade agreement, a senior Ukrainian official said on Friday. "It's critical," World Food Programme (WFP) Director David Beasley told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the Munich Security Forum. "With all the crises we are facing...