More Japanese farmers are planning to lower their rice production and switch to wheat and soybean this year amid rising grain prices caused by Russia's war in Ukraine, according to a government survey.
Food prices have been on the rise in the past few months, and export bans have followed. Rice could be next in line. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization Food Price Index already shows international rice prices creeping up for the fifth straight month to reach a 12-month high.
The Hindu | Global wheat prices jump after India export ban and Ukraine war: Food and Agriculture Organisation
Last month, India announced that it was banning wheat exports in a bid to check high prices amid concerns of wheat output being hit by the scorching heat wave.
In underground vaults near Ukraine's battlefields, the genetic code for nearly 2,000 crops is in danger of being permanently destroyed. The risk came into sharp focus earlier this month when a research facility near Ukraine's national seed bank was damaged, according to Crop Trust, a non-profit organisation set up by the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation.
A month ago, as Russia's war in Ukraine pushed the world to the brink of a food crisis, India's prime minister Narendra Modi offered to help countries facing shortages
UNITED NATIONS — With global hunger levels at a new high, the United Nations chief said Wednesday he is in “intense contacts” with Russia and other key countries and is “hopeful” of an agreement to allow the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensure Russian food and fertilizer have unrestricted access to global markets.
Potato prices continue to rise. At the Garak Market in Seoul on the 4th, a box of 20 kg of potatoes was sold at KRW 75,367 (about USD 58.48). Compared to the average value (48,105 won) from 2019 to 2021, it rose by 57%. As of the 4th, the average price for a box of 20 kg of potatoes per week was KRW 71,747 (about USD 55.67).
World's second-largest producer of wheat announces ban amid shortage caused by war in Ukraine
South China Morning Post | Vietnam coffee farmers turn to avocados and durians as Ukraine war pushes up fertiliser costs
An official said despite the extra income from these additional crops, farmers are still having to cut back investment in their coffee trees Vietnam, which buys large amounts of fertiliser from Ukraine and Russia, is the world’s biggest grower of the robusta variety used in instant drinks and espressos
India Today | India ready to feed the world: Modi govt’s pitch as Ukraine war triggers global food crisis
The prolonged Russia-Ukraine war has triggered a global food crisis. Can the Modi government in India rescue the world from this food crisis?