The world may face food shortages and hunger

War in Ukraine could cause global food shortages, reports The Guardian. The expected sharp increase in the cost of food products due to the suspension of wheat exports from the Russian Federation and Ukraine can only be compared with the consequences of the 2008 crisis. It is noted that food prices have already risen significantly against the backdrop of changing weather conditions and the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The disruption of the sowing campaign in Ukraine and the suspension of grain supplies from the Russian Federation will further increase food prices. The share of Ukraine in world supplies of wheat is 10%, and in grain exports – 15%. Russia leads in the supply of grain and corn. The article notes that the sharp rise in prices will significantly exacerbate the problem of food shortages in Africa and the Middle East, where many families are already starving. Experts from the UN World Food Program call for immediate action to prevent a worsening food shortage.

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