How the Russia-Ukraine war, COVID and climate change are fuelling a growing global food crisis
By Rhiannon Stevens and Farid M Ibrahim, ABC News Australia
May 6, 2022
The farmers sleep fully clothed so they are ready to run for shelter.
Their nearby city of Mykolaiv has been the scene of fighting — bombs are falling most nights and there is no running water.
At a desk in Romania, Australian farmer Lawrence Richmond receives these updates from workers at the three wheat and sunflower farms in southern Ukraine that he manages.
Mr Richmond said the farmers, who are exempt from army conscription so food production continues, managed to fertilise the crops recently despite the difficulty of acquiring diesel in a war-torn country.
But it is impossible for Mr Richmond to know if they will be able to harvest or sell their summer crop.
"We don't really know whether there's going to be a market for our grain … and if there's a market, will they pay us? Or will it be commandeered by the Ukrainian government?" Mr Richmond said.
A perfect storm
The war's impact on food production is travelling beyond Ukraine's borders — it is rippling across the world in the form of a global food crisis...
Conflict, COVID-19 and climate change
Josh Hallwright, Oxfam Australia's humanitarian lead, said the forces driving food prices up and leading to the current global food crisis could be summarised with three 'c's: conflict, COVID-19 and climate change...
A looming debt crisis among low-income countries and a strong US dollar is also hindering the ability of some nations to respond...
'There's plenty of food to go around'
But Dr Frick said it was important to remember the world was not facing a food production crisis...
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