War In Ukraine Deepens World Hunger Crisis : Consider This from NPR The pains of every war ripple out beyond the borders of the conflict zone. And as the war between Russia and Ukraine drags on, the disruptions in the global food supply chain are beginning to deepen the already dire hunger crisis around the world.

Ukraine and Russia combined export 30% of the world's wheat, in addition to other food supplies. Now, because of the ongoing war, the price of food worldwide is skyrocketing and 38 countries are facing acute food insecurity, meaning they are just one step from famine.

NPR global health and development correspondent Nurith Aizenman reports on how the war is driving up prices.

David Beasley, executive director of the UN World Food Programme, talks about how food insecurity looks inside of Ukraine, and what is to come for the rest of the world.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

How The War In Ukraine Is Deepening The World's Hunger Crisis

How The War In Ukraine Is Deepening The World's Hunger Crisis

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Palestinian labourer works in a wheat mill in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 21, 2022. - Russia's invasion of Ukraine could mean less bread on the table for many countries in the Arab world where millions already struggling to survive. (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images) SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinian labourer works in a wheat mill in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 21, 2022. - Russia's invasion of Ukraine could mean less bread on the table for many countries in the Arab world where millions already struggling to survive. (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

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The pains of every war ripple out beyond the borders of the conflict zone. And as the war between Russia and Ukraine drags on, the disruptions in the global food supply chain are beginning to deepen the already dire hunger crisis around the world.

Ukraine and Russia combined export 30% of the world's wheat, in addition to other food supplies. Now, because of the ongoing war, the price of food worldwide is skyrocketing and 38 countries are facing acute food insecurity, meaning they are just one step from famine.

NPR global health and development correspondent Nurith Aizenman reports on how the war is driving up prices.

David Beasley, executive director of the UN World Food Programme, talks about how food insecurity looks inside of Ukraine, and what is to come for the rest of the world.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Jonaki Mehta, Ayen Bior, and Karen Zamora. It was edited by Ashley Brown, Kathryn Fox, and Rebecca Davis. Additional reporting by Nurith Aizenman. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.

Correction: April 21, 2022

A previous version of the episode description above incorrectly stated the global percentage of Ukraine and Russia's combined wheat exports as their global percentage wheat production.