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Food and Fertilizer Export Restrictions Tracker

Reports and Data

Laborde D. & Mamun A. (2022). Food Export restrictions during the Ukraine-Russia crisis

Who we are

Suggested citation:
Laborde, David, Abdullah Mamun, and Marie Parent. 2020. COVID-19 Food Trade Policy Tracker [dataset]. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Food export restrictions are once again a concern as food prices rise even higher. This behavior can have dire unintended consequences for vulnerable people in food-importing countries, increasing prices and exacerbating issues of food insecurity already inflamed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

IFPRI started tracking food export restrictions and documenting their impacts following the onset of COVID-19 lockdowns and some national governments moving to restrict food exports. With the intensifying conflict in Ukraine on top of supply chain disruptions, food and fertilizer prices are surging, and monitoring food export restrictions is again important.

The Food and Fertilizer Export Restrictions Tracker allows you to track these policies for food products and fertilizers. The impacts of export restrictions around the world are shown as a percentage of each country’s imported calories that are impacted by export restrictions. The tracker can also be used to compare the current situation to the 2007-08 food price crisis. Check out these and other features in the tracker below.

Recent developments (June 2022)

Our food and fertilizer export restriction tracker is updated when a country put restrictions on items that they export globally. We also keep tracking of the countries that announce lifting of ban or where the end date of export restriction comes to an end or expired.

According to the latest news, Indonesia decided to lift export ban of palm oil on May 19, 2022, which came into effective from May 23, 2022. However, the country has reimposed a domestic market obligation (DMO) on palm oil to ensure 10 million tons of palm oil remains at home. Other notable countries where end date of their restriction has expired recently include Kazakhstan, Hungary, Morocco and Moldova.

On the other hand, India has put export ban of wheat and sugar on May 13, 2022. Though India’s share of wheat export in global trade in 2020-21 was small, this has come as a shock to importers who were expecting to import wheat from the country as the large sources of the grain – Russia and Ukraine – are now blocked. 

With this development, now the share of traded calories that are restricted due to ban or licensing has reduced to 10.6% in May 2022, a decline by around 6 percentage points from April 2022. The decline is largely due to ending of export ban by Indonesia and Kazakhstan.   

The Tool: Food and Fertilizer Export Restrictions Tracker

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Data

The data is available in csv format here. The Food Export Restrictions Tracker data is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License.

The Food Export Restrictions Tracker provides daily updated information on export restrictions affecting international food trade. Our export restriction data comes from a variety of sources, originating primarily from news articles that are then verified with official government sources. We supplement with other data sets to create impact indicators for the export restrictions. We have also constructed a data set from the 2007-2008 world food price crisis for comparison.

To learn more about the tracker data, please see our working paper. As the project evolves, we will update the working paper, so please check back for the latest version.

The Food Export Restrictions Tracker is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.