How to Avert a Food Crisis Caused by Conflict in Ukraine

The conflict in Ukraine has led to further price increases of already high energy, agricultural commodity and fertilizer prices, compounding the precarious fiscal situation of low and middle income countries who are also dealing with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and raising serious concerns for food security, both in the short and long term. In the words of UN Secretary-General Guterres, “the war is supercharging a three-dimensional crisis – food, energy, and finance – that is pummeling some of the world’s most vulnerable people, countries and economies.”

CGIAR researchers are closely monitoring this crisis at the global and national levels, with the aim of identifying countries’ vulnerabilities and needs, and engaging with policymakers and other stakeholders on evidence based policy responses. To address differing impacts, policy responses must be adapted to the context and needs of specific countries and populations. To do so most effectively, IFPRI is undertaking ongoing analysis and policy recommendations on the IFPRI blog and in a series of policy seminars, and has developed a number of products and tools, such as the Food and Fertilizer Export Restrictions Tracker and Fertilizer Dashboard.

The work of CGIAR Centers on crops and agriculture is very important in this context given that their research and innovations are aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and building resilience in low- and middle-income countries.

More insights and evidence from across CGIAR

CGIAR scientists are sharing evidence and insights with journalists, or writing opinion editorials in relation to food and fertilizer prices, access to quality inputs and seeds, and other areas potentially affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Explore the international coverage below along with related events and blog features from across the CGIAR System.

In the Media

How to prevent food from becoming a weapon of war

The Hill

Russia’s war is causing hunger in Asia

The Economist

Facing a Wheat Crisis, Countries race to remake an entire market on the fly

Wall Street Journal

How Russia's war on Ukraine endangers the global food supply

Yahoo News

Economists: 'We're not going to run out of wheat'


Iftar is more expensive everywhere this year. Here's why.

VOA (Voice of America)

Congress weighs response to global food

National Journal

World Insights: Mideast, N. Africa to suffer most from global food supply crisis, experts say


Why cooking oil prices are surging


USDA taps emergency funding for US commodities to address war impact


How the "interdependence" of Russia and the West in the global food system began (and what is its impact on the war in Ukraine)

BBC World News

Russia's war heats up cooking oil prices in global squeeze

ABC News

How the war in Ukraine threatens Bangladesh’s food security

Business Standard

Who’s to blame for the global hunger crisis?

Foreign Policy

Food economics in one Argentine lesson

Wall Street Journal

Act now before Ukraine war plunges millions into malnutrition


War in Ukraine: Is war eating away at the world?

Chatham House

The financial challenges currently facing pensioners

The Irish News

5 reasons cooking oils may get more expensive

CBS 42

Report: Fertilizer prices rise as Russian-Ukrainian conflict continues

And Now You Know

Russia's war in Ukraine is causing economic supply chain havoc

New Zealand Herald

IFAD, WFP Call For Sustainable Commitments To Address Food Crisis In West Africa


Food Crisis Due to War. There are three ways to ease it


How Russia made the world more food insecure


Don't rush into export 'opportunity' presented by Russia-Ukraine conflict

Indian Express

Grain shortfall from Ukraine war exacerbates food insecurity in Africa

Yahoo Sport

Why war in Ukraine may lead to human hunger ‘catastrophe’ with wheat, sunflower oil and cereal exports hit


Here’s why food shortages are unlikely to occur in the U.S.


How the war in Ukraine is deepening the world's hunger crisis


Russia/Ukraine crisis exacerbating global food insecurity

All About Feed

War in Ukraine: Risks and opportunities for U.S. farmers


Looming food shortages? Probably not in the US

Politifact (Poynter Institute)

Food security: One area where Putin's plans are bearing fruit


Wheat crisis opens door for huge indoor farming


Ukraine war has put world's food security at risk as wheat, fertilizer supplies are hit

Outlook India

From fertilizer to famine: the global food shortage explained

The Week

The global food shortages caused by Putin's War

Der Spiegel

Tunisia among countries seeing major economic consequences from war in Ukraine

Washington Post

Russia-Ukraine conflict is driving up wheat prices: this could fuel instability in Sudan

The Conversation

The war in Ukraine is exposing gaps in the world’s food-systems research


Russian war worsens fertilizer crunch, risking food supplies

Associated Press

Wheat war less bloody but often more cruel. Skyrocketing prices and starving people

Remo Contro

Suspending support for biofuels can help offset soaring agricultural prices

Le Monde

Global food prices rise to highest ever levels after Russian invasion

The Guardian

The cost of living crisis and the global resistance


Russia's war in Ukraine threatens wheat farming in Romania


Record-high fertilizer prices threaten food supply, risk sustained inflation

Local 12

West Africa faces mixed food security impacts from the Russia-Ukraine conflict


Fertilizer Shortages Could Trigger Long-Term Crisis


Weekly data: Food prices are rising faster than ever before

Investment Monitor

The looming catastrophe of the global food shortage

The Week

The rise in prices is the highest in history, and the shortage could go further in the coming weeks

La Razon

War in Ukraine - Food crisis: world prices the "highest ever recorded", the United Nations gives the alert


Global food prices reach all-time high


How will Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affect US agriculture?

Wilmington News Journal

Ukraine war increasing global food insecurity, experts say


US Announces New Sanctions Against Russia, Targeting Investments, Banks, Putin’s Daughters


Conflict in Ukraine is on the verge of creating a global food crisis

MSNBC - The Cross Connection

Global food crisis looms amid conflict in Ukraine

News Nation

Food security worries spark biofuel debate

Western Producer

U.S. farmers pursue soybean profits, shrug at tight wheat stocks

Successful Farming

How war in global breadbasket threatens food security everywhere

Christian Science Monitor

A food crisis was brewing even before the Ukraine war – but taking these three steps could help the most vulnerable

The Conversation

Broken bread — avert global wheat crisis caused by invasion of Ukraine


Multiple breadbasket failures: Nations must address looming food emergencies

Boston Globe

How the Ukraine war is driving up food and energy prices for the world

World Economic Forum

Food Is Just as Vital as Oil to National Security


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