Global Food Crisis Storm is Coming

The impact of the war in Ukraine on global food security was part of the House Agriculture Subcommittee’s hearing on international trade on Wednesday. Subcommittee Ranking Member Dusty Johnson said a storm is coming. “I think we see a global food crisis that could be every bit as dangerous as those we saw in 2007 and 2008.” Sarah Charles, who is the assistant to the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, testified, saying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is already impacting food security. “As a result of the war, we could face another ten-to-20 percent rise in commodity prices due to supply chain disruptions and export restrictions. In one Yemen city, the price of a piece of bread increased by 62 percent in less than one week after the start of the war. In Lebanon, domestic food price inflation has now climbed to a record 483 percent.”