Topically focussed on food systems and food security, Last updated: 21 September 2022
Ukraine and Russia are among the world's largest producers of a range of staples.
© WFP, 2022: The conflict in Ukraine in the current global context. An overview.
A substantial number of countries in the MENA region are heavily dependent on wheat imports to feed their burgeoning populations. With a cost-of-living crisis already well underway before the beginning of the war, further hikes in prices threaten to push large parts of the population into food insecurity and hunger.
© FAO, 2022: Technical Briefing to FAO Members on The impact of COVID-19 and the War in Ukraine on the Outlook for Food Security and Nutrition
Food security reports
State of domestic food systems
Developments WorldwideThe fall in Ukraine's agricultural exports quickly triggered a surge in a range of commodities on world markets, such as wheat and sunflower oil. Simultaneously, energy prices have soared and the availability of affordable farming inputs, particularly fertiliser, have plummeted. Depending on supply chains and dietary tastes, this has affected countries to varying degree across the world, although food-importing countries in Africa and the Middle-East have been most severely hit. Despite the recent fall in market prices havin the wake of the agreement to reopen some of Ukraine's ports, considerable concern remains that the fundamentals for midterm recovery are shakey and that 2023 may bring in a new wave of food security challenges which may affect a broader range of commodities. There is an underlying argument that many of the problems we are observing are structural in nature and that that world food systems are fundamentally broken and need reshaping. Charting a way out of the current crisis in an effort to transform food systems will take time, thought and political skill.
Political and economic analysis
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