CNBC | Global food prices are soaring. Rice could be next

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.

Asia One | Ukraine’s giant seed bank at risk of being lost as war rages

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.

The Washington Post | UN chief `hopeful’ of Ukraine grain deal to help food crisis

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 Pro | Food crisis in Ukraine… South Korean domestic potato prices soar

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).

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

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