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Food Insecurity Beyond Borders: Untangling the Complex Impacts of Ukraine War on Global Food Security

16 August 2022

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In combination, these cause instability in food supplies and prices in conflict- torn areas and contribute to farmers’ income loss, and a lack of food availability and accessibility domestically.7 UN bodies over the past decades have further stressed the role of conflict situations in creating and exacerbating food insecurity, including the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in its annual Global Report. [...] The WFP reported that in the first month and a half of the war, one in three households at the national level were found to be food insecure due to a lack of physical food access in war-torn areas, as well as lack of economic access owing to higher domestic food prices.14 The situation has been more dire for displaced or separated families, where one in two households have been found to be food in. [...] 31 FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, 2018, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Building Climate Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition, Rome: FAO, 104706128.1655791248 32 FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, 2018, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Buildin. [...] For instance, civil wars raged in the Horn of Africa in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s as droughts intensified hunger and chronic famines ensued in the politically unstable country,46 while coups were triggered in Ethiopia and the Sahelian nations of Upper Volta and Niger in the 1970s when the rulers were not able to adequately respond to food crises.47 During the 2007-2008 global food crisis, riots e. [...] Indonesia recently brokered talks on food access among Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the United Nations, achieving the milestone of agreement on the principle of allowing the shipment of Ukrainian grains.66 Moreover, the European Union recently granted candidacy status to Ukraine, as a symbol of the West’s support,67 but this remains elusive within the next decades.68 However, the question remains.

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