"The Russia-Ukraine grain deal that has been critical to keeping global food
prices stable and preventing famine is currently in tatters. On July 17, 2023,
Russia said it was pulling out of the year-old deal, which allowed shipments of
grains and other foodstuffs to travel past the Russian naval blockade in the
Black Sea. And to make matters worse, over the next two days Russia bombed the
Ukrainian grain port of Odesa, destroying over 60,000 tons of grain.
As a result, food prices have surged, with the cost of wheat, corn and soybeans
in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere all skyrocketing.
So, what is the grain deal, and why is it so important to the global food
Anna Nagurney is an expert on supply chains, including those involving
perishable products like food, and is co-chair of the board of directors
overseeing the Kyiv School of Economics in Ukraine. She explains how important
Ukrainian grain is to feeding the world – and why the Black Sea is a vital
route to getting it to people who need it."
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