The Seeds of Hunger

In many countries have experienced harsh weather conditions recently, including droughts and extreme temperatures. As a result of this, many crops were affected, including wheat, rice, cocoa plants and oil seeds.

Wheat prices have risen 62% since June, breaking the 50 years record of the highest increase in wheat prices in one year. This is due to a decrease in the production of wheat, especially in a major producer, Russia, and others such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and the European Union. The increase will make some of the rich stock up their supplies, resulting in a food crisis, and riots may occur.

For the oil seeds, which are used in spreads and cooking oils. They will also be used as biofuels. This year, the supply of half of the world's major oilseeds is likely to fall, and the demand is likely to outstrip supply next year.

Things are not as bad for rice. Although Thailand and Vietnam, the world's biggest two producers of rice, face severe drought conditions that threaten to ruin this year's crops and global supplies, the amount of rice up for trade has not decreased, and the price has not increased much due to fear of floods in Asia, where these producers are. Rice is extremely important and is a staple product for many- to be exact, more than half of the population, including 640 million undernourished people living in Asia. Once the rice supplies crumple, starvation will hit the globe badly. Cocoa plants have been heavily affected by the droughts in West Africa, to the utmost horror of chocoholics.

Singapore has carried out multiple Food Security Projects, for example finding ways to kill spud fungus' which causes $6 million in damage to potato crops every year. Already, countries have problems feeding the citizens enough food. Hopefully, the clouds will clear, and a clear sunny day will show in the sky soon!


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