The Food Organization of the United Nations (FAO) forecasts a unprecedented global food crisis. The war in ukraine by the invasion of Russia is leaving its first consequences in food.
That is where Russia focuses part of its attacks, on those humanitarian convoys to use hunger as part of the war. International relations doctor Kattya Cascante advances that this war “will impact the food bill“.
Russia and Ukraine are among the top five wheat exporters in the world, adding between the two more than 50%. These exports will fall due to lack of production and the sanctions imposed on Russia, with 50 countries buying 30%.
To that is added the gas crisiskey to the production of fertilizers, of which Russia is a key exporter. The FAO warns: if the situation continues, there would be between 8 and 13 million more undernourished people. Prices are skyrocketing and it does not seem that the situation can change in the short term.
Manuel Sánchez, director of Advocacy for Action Against Hunger, speaks of the “high risk” that the conflict gets stuck and causes prices to rise until they become “unattainable for the pockets of the average population.” For the experts, as they explain in the video, the key is also in the structure of the system.