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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.

India's most marginalized Dalit community members shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on Aug. 9, 2018.
India's most marginalized Dalit community members shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on Aug. 9, 2018.

Modi’s Farm Bills and Their Repeal Will Do Nothing for This Group

Bonded laborers, many of whom belong to the Dalit community, are owned by their landlords and work for little or no pay.

A street vendor hawks yams.
A street vendor hawks yams.

In Nigeria, Yam Prices Soar, and Culture Suffers

Yams mean wealth, power, and the holidays—if you can afford them.

A farmer harvests corn near Burlington, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2015.
A farmer harvests corn near Burlington, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2015.

Small Farms, Big Pollution

Don’t abandon big agriculture, make it work (even) better.

A combine harvester collects soybeans.
A combine harvester collects soybeans.
Food market in Mexico City
Food market in Mexico City

Biden’s ‘America First’ Policies Are Spreading Global Pain

Like its blatant vaccine nationalism, the administration’s unchecked stimulus policies are hurting the world—especially the global poor.

Soybeans are harvested
Soybeans are harvested

Big Agriculture Is Best

The United States’ industrialized food system moved millions of people out of poverty and is better for the environment, too.

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