Food crisis in Ukraine and beyond

March 30, 2022
UN food chief warns of increased food insecurity due to decreased wheat supply in Ukraine.

It’s not just decimating dynamically Ukraine and the region, but it will have global context impact beyond anything we’ve seen since World War Two.

World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley on the impact of Ukraine’s disrupted wheat production on both Ukraine and other countries.
  • The U.N. food chief reported that the war in Ukraine is having extensive implications for the World Food Program (WFP), which is the "world's largest humanitarian organization." The organization aims to feed about 125 million people globally.
  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said that “The Russian navy is blocking access to Ukraine’s ports, essentially cutting off exports of grain.”
  • Countries such as Egypt and Lebanon usually get roughly 80% of their grain from Ukraine. On a global scale, Ukraine and Russia account for about 30% of wheat supplies.

Why It Matters: The war in Ukraine impacts the food supply of millions; soaring prices, limited wheat supply, and disrupted production has already begun to result in increased food insecurity for many.

UN food chief: Ukraine war’s food crisis is worst since WWII (Associated Press)

With Ukraine farmers on frontlines, U.N. food chief warns of 'devastation' (Reuters)

by Jenna Lee,