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Food Crisis and Related Risk Factors

MC12: How to make the WTO relevant in the middle of a food price crisis

Jun 12th, 2022 • by JOSEPH GLAUBER, DAVID LABORDE, ABDULLAH MAMUN, ELSA OLIVETTI AND VALERIA PIÑEIRO

The World Trade Organization’s 12th Ministerial Conference (WTO MC12) takes place June 12-15 in Geneva—two years after the pandemic forced members to postpone its original schedule. In those two years, the world has changed and the importance of multilateral approaches to tackle international trade issues has become even more acute.

Global Food Insecurity Hits All-Time High: 2022 Global Report on Food Crises Released

May 5th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

In many places around the world, hunger is worse than ever before.

That’s the message of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), released this week. The report paints a grim picture of global food security. Almost 193 million people across 53 countries/territories were acutely food insecure in 2021, up nearly 40 million people from 2020. This number represents a new record and is only expected to worsen throughout 2022.

Urgent Call for Global Action as Food Prices Continue to Rise

Apr 17th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

Last week, the heads of the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, United Nations World Food Program, and World Trade Organization issued a joint statement calling for urgent global action on food security in response to skyrocketing global food prices.

The Russia-Ukraine crisis poses a serious food security threat for Egypt

Mar 15th, 2022 • by KIBROM ABAY, LINA ABDELFATTAH, CLEMENS BREISINGER, JOSEPH GLAUBER AND DAVID LABORDE

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has imperiled global food security—creating suffering within Ukraine and displacing millions, while disrupting agricultural production and trade from one of the world's major exporting regions. The latter threatens to drive rising food prices still higher and create scarcity, especially for regions most dependent on exports from Russia and Ukraine—particularly the Middle East and North Africa.