Cuts in wheat and other food exports from Ukraine and Russia risk leaving between 11 million and 19 million more people chronically hungry over the next year, the food agency said on Friday. United Nations.
The conflict in Ukraine has fueled a global food crisis, with prices for grain, cooking oil, fuel and fertilizers soaring.
Russia and Ukraine account for nearly a third of global wheat supplies, while Russia is also a major fertilizer exporter and Ukraine a major supplier of corn and sunflower oil.
Boubaker BenBelhassen, director of the Markets and Trade Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), said the impact of the conflict “could lead to between 11 and 19 million hungry people extra – that’s chronic hunger for 2022/23”.
This preliminary estimate was based on reduced food exports from Ukraine and Russia, he told reporters.
The FAO also said in a report on Thursday that soaring costs of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers could deter producers from increasing production and worsen food security in poorer countries facing import bills. record.
“The most affected countries are in the Near East/North Africa region given their high dependence on imports – particularly wheat – from these countries, but also vegetable oil and sunflower,” he said.
Some countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, such as Bangladesh and Indonesia, are also “heavily affected”, he added.
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