The food crisis is bigger than Ukraine

While Russia’s war has undoubtedly caused real problems in global food markets, they are more complex and go beyond the current flare-up of war.

A combine harvester transferring maize to a grain cart during a harvest in Leland, Mississippi, in the United States. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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Russia's blockade of Ukrainian food shipments and the potential loss of Ukrainian harvests due to disruptions from the war have dominated headlines in recent months.

Between February and June, global wheat prices surged by more than 60 per cent, fuelling humanitarian concerns and warnings from international development agencies about increased food insecurity in poor African and Asian countries.

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