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Food and Fertilizer Export Restrictions Tracker

Our export restriction tracker continues to monitor country-level food and fertilizer trade policies. According to our data, several countries have recently placed new export embargos on vegetables, including onions, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots. On February 8, 2023, Kazakhstan halted the export of onions for three months to stabilize onion prices and ensure self-sufficiency in the crop. Similar measures were taken by Morocco, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Azerbaijan to prevent local prices of onions, tomatoes, and potatoes from soaring even further. Some of these bans are likely to remain in place until end of April-May 2023. On February 5, 2023, Belarus stopped exporting apples, cabbages, and onions. With these developments, the share of traded calories that are restricted due to ban, licensing, or tax reached 8 percent in February. This represents an increase of 0.2 percentage points since January 2023.
(The next update will be published on April 1, 2023.)
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