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How will the war in Ukraine affect global food security?

GLF Live with Lawrence Haddad

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ukraine produces about 10 percent of global wheat exports and 14 percent of corn exports, in addition to about half of all sunflower oil and a substantial amount of barley and fertilizers. Due to the Russian invasion, much of these supplies are now trapped in both countries, driving up food and livestock feed prices globally and threatening the normal workings of our food systems.

This GLF Live brought in leading food expert and GAIN executive director Lawrence Haddad to share his expectations and predictions for how the unfolding war will affect global food supplies, nutrition and security in the short- and long-term.

Dr. Lawrence Haddad has served as executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) since October 2016. Prior, he was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report and director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading development studies institute. Haddad has also held positions as director of the food consumption and nutrition division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), U.K. representative on the steering committee of the high-level panel of experts of the U.N. Committee on World Food Security, and president of the Development Studies Association of the U.K. and Ireland. An economist, Lawrence holds a PhD in food research at Stanford University. In June 2018, Haddad was awarded World Food Prize from the World Food Prize Foundation along with David Nabarro, former Special Adviser to the U.N. Secretary General.


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