Food crisis, an announced disaster: between protectionism, humanitarian aid and free market – A column by Ingo Plöger

The combination of the conflict in Europe, the end of the pandemic, and the reestablishment of global production chains, resulted in energy and supply inflation, which directly hits the price of food worldwide, without the population’s purchasing power having adapted to this level. In September 2021, we already had a gloomy picture of food shortages and price increases; however, with this combination, the situation has deteriorated significantly. More than 800 million inhabitants of the 7.8 billion are in the hunger zone, and this number increases day by day 1). In Brazil, the population index regarding severe food insecurity or hunger rose by 50% 2). Developed countries, such as the European Union, USA, Japan, among other, have made areas subject to […]

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