An unprecedented food crisis will hit

An unprecedented food crisis will hit

The war in Ukraine raises concerns about a possible food crisis, given that much of the grain, fertilizer and feed was imported by European states from Russia or Ukraine.

In Brussels, President Emmanuel Macron said last week that he was facing an unprecedented food crisis. He also said that unlike other countries, France should not be affected by a shortage of grain, but stressed that the price explosion will be a real problem and will not bypass anyone.

In the fears of the French president, the problems are due to the war, given that Ukraine is one of the world’s leading producers of cereals, with about 85 million tonnes harvested annually, a value that is unlikely to be realized until the autumn.

Globally, he said that worldwide, 12% of grain exports come from Ukraine, the country being until recently the fifth largest producer of corn, the eighth largest wheat and the first largest producer of sunflower in the world.

In the future, the French president is confident that international markets will face a supply shortage due to the war on Ukrainian territory and says there are no immediate solutions to replace production in the country led by Volodymyr Zelensky.

In addition, agricultural experts support the French president’s statement, adding that tensions on the world market will be related to how long the war will last.

Average increases start at 9%

In terms of percentage, the United Nations estimates that these increases will be average and will be between 9 and 21%, where 9 percent is the happiest scenario and 21% is the most pessimistic scenario. These increases apply to wheat and corn.

France, a large producer, will have no difficulty in supplying grain, so even if the French market is not dependent on such imports, the cost of living for consumers will still increase here, because the selling price is made up of many other costs, such as transport, other raw materials and industrial spending, which has risen as a result of the explosion of energy and fuel tariffs, Rador reports.

So the French, like other Europeans, will see rising prices for meat, pasta, eggs or fish in stores – the French Minister of Agriculture pointed out. In order to keep all these developments within certain limits, the French government has decided to reopen the trade negotiations that had just been concluded earlier this month, between agri-food producers and store chains. Solutions are being sought to reduce farmers’ production costs, which are facing an explosion in feed costs.

Commercial chains are being asked not to take advantage of the situation

In this regard, trade chains are being asked to take part in this effort and not to take advantage of the situation to raise food prices. Already, some major French retailers have announced that they will not change commodity prices, at least in the near future.

At the same time, Europeans are seeking an international commitment not to impose restrictions on the export of agricultural raw materials. All countries in the Union are also urged to increase their domestic production as much as possible and to set up a mechanism to ensure that everyone has access to the necessary quantities at reasonable prices, according to the source.