Against the grain: How Russia’s war in Ukraine is threatening the world’s food supply

Already a humanitarian disaster on the ground, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is now looking increasingly likely to trigger a global food shortage over the coming months, with supply chains broken and potential shipping routes for grain cut off. With no end to the conflict in sight, the implications for numerous countries are potentially devastating

A Russian serviceman in a wheat field near Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia region in Ukraine. António Guterres, the UN Secretary General warned last week: ‘There is a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022.’ Picture: Shutterstock

António Guterres didn’t mince his words. “We face an unprecedented global hunger crisis,” the UN Secretary General told an international food security meeting in Berlin last week. “There is a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022. And 2023 could be even worse. This year’s food access issues could become next year’s global food shortage. No country will be immune to the social and economic repercussions of such a catastrophe.”

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