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Possibility of global food shortage: Russia Ukraine crisis

Amidst Russian waged war on Ukraine, the world might have to endure a global food shortage.

The world foresees a possibility of global food shortage. For a week now, Russia and Ukraine are the countries in war. On Wednesday, last week Russia announces an open military operation in Ukraine. Ukraine is facing Russia’s brazen shelling and military overtaking. Ukrainian president rejects the offer of evacuation and requests for arms and weapons for fighting back.

Today, through satellite imaging, the visuals of Russian tanks queued to enter Ukraine become clear.

However, amidst the intrinsic concerns of the war in Ukraine, a yet another concern surfaces. There is a possibility of global food shortage in some parts of the world due to the war.

Possibility of global food shortage: Reasons

  1. Firstly, Ukraine and Russia account for one-third of the world’s wheat trade.
  2. Then, they export for the one-fifth of the world’s consumption of corn.
  3. Last but not the least, it supplies 80% of the sunflower oil.

Now, a research analyst in Berkeley, California, Alex Smith explains it. Moreover, he tells that the trade through Black Sea becomes stagnant due to the war. A few days ago, Turkey takes cognizance of Russian military’s presence in Black Sea. Thus, the trade between Ukraine, Middle East and Africa will bear the brunt of it.

Nations under immediate risk of shortage

  • For Lebanon, Ukraine is the source of 50% of its wheat consumption.
  • Also, Egypt imports a colossal 60% of its consumption.
  • It’s noteworthy that along with Lebanon, Yemen might struggle too. It is because the reserve of food in both the countries is small.
  • Not only these but many other countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia depend on supplies from the countries in war.

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