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A person in a gray t-shirt checks plants.
A person in a gray t-shirt checks plants.

Who’s Afraid of Gene-Edited Crops?

A new U.K. bill is a chance at food security—if Britain can get past unfounded fears.

Two people walking on the side walk in Red Square are framed by ears of wheat in the foreground.
Two people walking on the side walk in Red Square are framed by ears of wheat in the foreground.

Every Recent Oil and Food Price Shock Bears Putin’s Fingerprints

Russia is a pivotal actor in global markets—and its president is willing to destabilize them for political gain.

Farmers harvest barley in Ukraine
Farmers harvest barley in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Breadbasket Is (Almost) Open for Business Again

But the devil is in the details, including how ships can navigate offshore minefields and Russia’s shifting will.

Then-United Nations World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (left) speaks during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Dec. 16, 2014.
Then-United Nations World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (left) speaks during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Dec. 16, 2014.

How to Fix the World’s Food Crisis

Ertharin Cousin, the former chief of the World Food Program, outlines a step-by-step plan to feed a warring—and warming—planet.

Egyptian workers fill sacks with wheat during harvest in Saqiyat al-Manqadi, Egypt, on May 1, 2019.
Egyptian workers fill sacks with wheat during harvest in Saqiyat al-Manqadi, Egypt, on May 1, 2019.

How to Feed the Planet

It is possible to protect nature and provide nutrition for all. Here’s what the U.S. needs to do to make it happen.

Ground personnel unload U.S.-supplied weapons, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, and other military hardware at Boryspil Airport near Kyiv, Ukraine on Jan. 25.
Ground personnel unload U.S.-supplied weapons, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, and other military hardware at Boryspil Airport near Kyiv, Ukraine on Jan. 25.

How to Equip Ukraine to Break the Black Sea Blockade

Russia’s grain blockade is a global catastrophe. It can be broken without NATO intervention.

Anti-tank obstacles are shown on a wheat field in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on June 11.
Anti-tank obstacles are shown on a wheat field in southern Ukraine's Mykolaiv region on June 11.

Here’s How to Help Ukraine Handle Putin’s Food Blockade

Creative storage and transport of the new harvest can undercut Russia’s weaponization of global hunger.

Displaced Yemenis receive food aid and supplies
Displaced Yemenis receive food aid and supplies

How Putin’s War Caused a Global Food Crisis

A “perfect storm” in agriculture is contributing to a global economic unwinding.

Smoke rises after an attack by the Russian army.
Smoke rises after an attack by the Russian army.

Russia’s Black Sea Blockade Will Turbocharge the Global Food Crisis

Lithuania’s call for a naval coalition to break Russia’s stranglehold on Ukraine’s exports hasn’t been taken up—yet.

People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.
People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.

War in Ukraine Is Worsening East Africa’s Food Crisis

Rising wheat, fuel, and fertilizer costs amid a historic drought could lead to mass hunger and instability throughout the Horn of Africa.

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Kòltiz, a Patriotic Haitian Practice of Solidarity

Haitian collaborative groups affirm that “every human is human.”

A stork flies over a wheat field in Ukraine.
A stork flies over a wheat field in Ukraine.

Panicky Markets Are the Greatest Danger to Global Food Supply

The loss of Ukrainian and Russian wheat can be made up elsewhere.

Women wait in line during a World Food Program food distribution on the outskirts of Kabul.
Women wait in line during a World Food Program food distribution on the outskirts of Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Hungry Will Pay the Price for Putin’s War

The knock-on effects of Russia’s war on Ukraine are hammering wheat-dependent countries such as Afghanistan.

A grain harvester in the Russian Federation
A grain harvester in the Russian Federation

Russia’s Invasion Unleashes ‘Perfect Storm’ in Global Agriculture

Curtailed harvests and scarcer fertilizer all but promise hunger and hardship for tens of millions.

People wait in line for food distribution.
People wait in line for food distribution.

‘War in Ukraine Means Hunger in Africa’

The International Monetary Fund’s two top leaders discuss the global economic ramifications of Russia’s invasion.

Tea pickers remove weeds at an organic tea plantation.
Tea pickers remove weeds at an organic tea plantation.

In Sri Lanka, Organic Farming Went Catastrophically Wrong

A nationwide experiment is abandoned after producing only misery.

Farmers harvest grain in Ukraine.
Farmers harvest grain in Ukraine.

Forget Oil. Putin’s War Is Wrecking the Wheat Market.

Vulnerable countries, especially in the Middle East, rely on grain imports that are now under threat. It’s a recipe for disaster.

Vietnamese border guards sit at the entrance of the border gate where container trucks remained stuck.
Vietnamese border guards sit at the entrance of the border gate where container trucks remained stuck.

Southeast Asian Traders Are Paying the Cost of China’s Border Policies

The impact of a zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy goes beyond rotting fruits.

Wheat harvest in Ukraine
Wheat harvest in Ukraine

A Russia-Ukraine War Could Ripple Across Africa and Asia

Beware of food price spikes and revolutions if Ukrainian grain deliveries are disrupted.

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