Climate has its last laugh to create food havoc (The Business Standard News)
Business Standard News (Bangladesh) published an article about how recent heavy floods in Bangladesh have taken a heavy toll on life, livelihoods and infrastructures, and caused extensive damage to crops and livestock, raising worries for future food supplies. Climate change is affecting countries worldwide from floods to droughts, from wildfires to torrential rains to changes in climate patterns. Food shortage originated from crop losses in major growers of wheat, sunflower, soybean and palm much before the Russia-Ukraine war broke out in February this year, which snapped supplies from the world’s two major food baskets. The war has also snapped fertilizer supplies from the two key sources of plant nutrients. According to IFPRI, since the outbreak of the crisis, 27 countries around the world have set up food-related trade barriers, banning or restricting exports of grains, meat, edible oils, vegetables and fruits, and fertilizers (See IFPRI tool, Food & Fertilizer Export Restrictions Tracker).