The Heat: Ukraine conflict could lead to global food crisis

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Russia and Ukraine have been called the world’s breadbasket – top exporters of among other things — wheat, maize, corn and barley.

But as the conflict in Ukraine continues, the world has been hit with commodity shortages and skyrocketing prices. At the United Nations, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a looming global food crisis. In Ankara, Turkish and Russian officials failed to reach agreement on a bid to unblock grain exports from Ukraine. While both sides voiced support for a safe corridor in the Black Sea, no concrete steps were announced. CGTN’s Michal Bardavid has a report. 

To discuss:

  • Vladimir Golstein heads the Slavic Studies department at Brown University.
  • Mirette Mabrouk is a Senior Fellow and the Founding Director of the Middle East Institute’s Egypt program.
  • Simon Ateba is the Chief White House correspondent for Today News Africa.
  • Michael Hage is an international food security and development analyst. He served as North Africa Regional Director for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

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