Food export bans in about 20 countries send prices soaring

2022/06/27 19:53:00

Food export bans in about 20 countries send prices soaring

Food export bans in about 20 countries send prices soaring

Many economists say the global food crisis is already more severe than the last one that peaked in 2008

, which was driven by factors including droughts, global population growth, higher consumption of meat in major developing economies, and the increased use of crops to produce biofuels., which was driven by factors including droughts, global population growth, higher consumption of meat in major developing economies, and the increased use of crops to produce biofuels.Lerato Kganyago reacts to reports about 20 young lives lost in East London.Lerato Kganyago reacts to reports about 20 young lives lost in East London.

Shortages at that time triggered protests across the globe, particularly in Africa where food represents a comparatively high proportion of household budgets.Simon Evenett, professor of international trade and economic development at the University of St Gallen, said the assurances in 2008 from international organisations to national governments that there was enough food to go around globally took some of the wind out of the sails of those pushing for export curbs.Simon Evenett, professor of international trade and economic development at the University of St Gallen, said the assurances in 2008 from international organisations to national governments that there was enough food to go around globally took some of the wind out of the sails of those pushing for export curbs.“This time around that is harder to do as we do have a supply hit here in both Ukraine and Russia,” Evenett said, adding the size of summer harvests in major food producers would help determine how things develop in the second half of 2022.While the cause of the deaths is under investigation, there has been speculation patrons were either exposed to some form of poison or an incident resulted in a large number being injured and killed in a stampede.Ukraine and Russia accounted for a combined 28% of global wheat exports, 15% of maize and 75% of sunflower oil in the 2020/2021 season, according to US department of agriculture data.Ukraine and Russia accounted for a combined 28% of global wheat exports, 15% of maize and 75% of sunflower oil in the 2020/2021 season, according to US department of agriculture data.World food prices have stabilised at high levels in the past two months as harvests approach.

However, there are already some worrying signs with drought in the US set to reduce the size of the winter wheat crop while in France wheat crops were battered by hail, strong winds and torrential rains in June.However, there are already some worrying signs with drought in the US set to reduce the size of the winter wheat crop while in France wheat crops were battered by hail, strong winds and torrential rains in June.Dry weather in Argentina — the world’s sixth largest wheat exporter — has stalled planting of the crop and weighed down production forecasts for the 2022/2023 season.Moreover, the mood in the international forum's such as G20 is now less collaborative after years of populism and heightened tension between major geopolitical players, Evenett said.Moreover, the mood in the international forum's such as G20 is now less collaborative after years of populism and heightened tension between major geopolitical players, Evenett said.“This current situation in many ways is a lot more troubling than 2008 and look at what risks arose then to political stability,” he said.“We will have a very tense six to nine months ahead of us.“We will have a very tense six to nine months ahead of us.

” Falling dominoes Some countries had already announced export curbs in 2021, given the tightness in global food supplies.But the dominoes really started to fall following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, with global prices of both grains and vegetable oils soaring.But the dominoes really started to fall following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, with global prices of both grains and vegetable oils soaring.In March, Argentina increased taxes on its soybean oil and meal exports and has imposed a lower cap than in 2021 for new wheat exports.India’s ban on wheat exports came after Indonesia, the world’s top palm oil producer, had already restricted exports of palm oil — an essential ingredient in cooking and baking — from April 28 citing the need to ensure the country had “abundant and affordable supplies”.India’s ban on wheat exports came after Indonesia, the world’s top palm oil producer, had already restricted exports of palm oil — an essential ingredient in cooking and baking — from April 28 citing the need to ensure the country had “abundant and affordable supplies”.India is the world’s biggest importer of palm oil and Indonesia is one of its most important suppliers.

Indonesia lifted its ban on May 20.Indonesia lifted its ban on May 20.Malaysia prohibited on May 23 the export of chickens from the beginning of this month after a global feed shortage exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine disrupted poultry production and led to a sharp rise in prices for one of the country’s cheapest sources of protein.The wave of export restrictions already affect nearly one-fifth of calories traded globally — that's nearly double the impact of the last global food crisis of 2008, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a Washington-based think-tank that aims to reduce poverty in developing countries.The wave of export restrictions already affect nearly one-fifth of calories traded globally — that's nearly double the impact of the last global food crisis of 2008, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a Washington-based think-tank that aims to reduce poverty in developing countries.“These types of measures tend to provoke some panicked behaviour or hoarding from the buyers side...

.that accelerates the price spike,” said IFPRI researcher David Laborde Debucquet.that accelerates the price spike,” said IFPRI researcher David Laborde Debucquet.The EU — which includes several of the world’s biggest food importers by value — is urging its trade partners not to enact protectionist policies.“The EU keeps its food exports going, and so should everyone else,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a speech earlier June.“The EU keeps its food exports going, and so should everyone else,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a speech earlier June.Ensuring domestic supplies Even before the war in Ukraine, Argentina's government, battling domestic inflation now over 60%, took steps late in 2022 to stem the rise in local food prices.

It placed caps on exports of corn and wheat, adding to an earlier ban on shipments of beef.It placed caps on exports of corn and wheat, adding to an earlier ban on shipments of beef.After Russia’s invasion, it took additional steps, raising the taxes on shipments of processed soy oil and meal.Argentina is the world’s biggest soybean oil and meal exporter, the second-largest global provider of corn and a key wheat exporter.Argentina is the world’s biggest soybean oil and meal exporter, the second-largest global provider of corn and a key wheat exporter.A source in Argentina’s agriculture ministry, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said the government's priority was to safeguard foodstuffs needed for domestic consumption.The export limits established in late 2021 helped to shield domestic millers and consumers from the spike in international prices following the conflict in Ukraine, the source said.The export limits established in late 2021 helped to shield domestic millers and consumers from the spike in international prices following the conflict in Ukraine, the source said.

But Gustavo Idigoras, head of Argentina's CIARA-CEC chamber of grains processors and exporters, said that despite the export caps and additional taxes, the government had struggled to stem entrenched food price inflation in Argentina, which was already high before the Ukraine conflict.In the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, the cost of bread has risen 69% in a year, meat 64% and vegetables 66%, forcing people to change their diets and seek cheaper deals.In the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, the cost of bread has risen 69% in a year, meat 64% and vegetables 66%, forcing people to change their diets and seek cheaper deals.Edith Elizabeth Plou, a shopkeeper in Buenos Aires, had travelled kilometres from her home to come to the capital’s large Central Market to get cheaper prices for her groceries, which have spiked sharply over the last year.“I work eight hours and the truth is that I often think about finding a second job to cover my expenses,” Plou said.“I work eight hours and the truth is that I often think about finding a second job to cover my expenses,” Plou said.Reuters.

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