Global food prices are high and still rising : The Indicator from Planet Money Climate change, farmworker shortages and increasing transportation costs were already driving global food prices higher and higher. What happens when you add war to the mix?

Conflict and high food prices (Update)

Conflict and high food prices (Update)

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People receiving donated food in Cuba, summer 2021.
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This episode originally aired in September 2021

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has disrupted both countries' food exports. Both are huge exporters of wheat, and Ukraine in particular produces a lot of cereals and crops for oils.

This is coming off the back of very high food prices before the invasion. Wholesale food prices like wheat, sugar and vegetable oil have increased by a massive 21% since last year. That's according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. What does that mean for people already struggling?

Today we speak with doctoral researcher Ida Rudolfsen about high food prices and whether this is likely to lead to unrest, protest and other conflicts.

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