"Global wheat prices have soared since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. The
two nations account for 30%of the world’s wheat exports.
That means many low-income nations who are net food importers are bracing for a
year of hunger. The disruption of war compounds existing drops in food
production linked to climate change. On a global scale, climate change has
already cut global average agricultural production by at least one-fifth.
Food insecurity often translates to widespread social unrest, as we saw in the
2011 Arab Spring protests, which came after major food price rises.
Countries in the Middle East and North Africa are likely to be hit hardest in
the short term, given they are the major importers of Ukrainian wheat and have
major food security issues. Countries dependent on specific commodities and
which can’t switch to alternative food sources are also at risk.
As many nations face hunger and worsening food security, it is time to redouble
our efforts on climate change. Climate change is the great risk multiplier,
worsening all existing global crises."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics