UN calls for 'transformation' of agriculture amid fears of global food crisis

The UN has called for a 'transformation' of agriculture to make it more resilient to shocks amid fears the Ukraine war could soon cause a global food crisis.

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Qu Dongyu, made the urgent call at a UN meeting in New York on Wednesday (18 May). Together, Russia and Ukraine produce 30 percent of the global wheat supply, and Ukraine, in particular, is seen as the world's bread basket.

But since the start of Russia's invasion in February, exports have collapsed, and prices have surged. This led India to recently ban its own wheat exports.

This crisis, along with the pandemic and the effects of climate change, have increased people's vulnerability and pushed hundreds of millions of more people to the brink of hunger, Mr. Dongyu said.

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