Global food supply expert at Grow Intelligence, Sarah Minker, has warned of a global crisis in just 10 weeks, adding to an earlier warning by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On Saturday, Zelensky said Russia had closed almost all ports and all offshore opportunities to export food – grain, barley, sunflower, among others – anticipating a global food crisis, after the energy crisis triggered by Russia.
“If the Russian blockade on Ukrainian exports is not lifted, a food crisis will strike the world, affecting African, European and Asian countries that need these food products,” he added.
Ukraine produces a significant amount of the world’s food supply, including between 25% and 30% of the world’s grain supply along with Russia.
According to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity, Ukraine also accounts for 9.29% of the world’s maize supply.
And recently, Russia closed the ports of Odessa and Mariupol amid the ongoing war with Ukraine to control it.
The CEO of Gro Intelligence, Sarah Minker, said that the world has only 10 weeks to save its wheat needs, according to Fox news, which was seen by Al Arabiya.net.
“This is catastrophic,” Minker said during a special meeting of the UN Security Council. “Even if the war ends tomorrow, our food security problem will not disappear soon without concerted global efforts.”
Gro Intelligence uses artificial intelligence and public and private data to predict food supply trends. Minker asserts that the Russian invasion did not create a food security crisis, but rather “fed” what was already going on.
“Without violent global action, we run the risk of an extraordinary amount of human suffering and economic damage,” Minker said.