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Ukraine grain farm

This year, the world held the line against hunger. Next year looks harder.

The worst fears of a global food crisis in 2023 did not come to pass, but the outlook for 2024 is grainy at best.

First, the good news. Although more than a quarter billion people in 53 countries faced acute food insecurity in 2023, that number held steady since 2022. Even the collapse of the Black Sea grain export deal – which enabled Ukrainian grain exports to get through a Russian naval blockade – didn’t cause prices to soar. In fact, the International Grain Council’s benchmark grains and oilseeds price index is down nearly 9% since the deal collapsed on July 23.

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Luisa Vieira

Graphic Truth: Food insecurity and poverty in the US & Canada

Poverty and food insecurity, exacerbated by COVID and the soaring cost of living, plague both the US and Canada. At the height of the pandemic, school closures in the US deprived many children of their vital food source: free school lunches. This, coupled with job losses and inflation, plunged many into food insecurity. The economic outlook has still not improved for these families, thanks to the high rate of inflation, which is keeping grocery and gas prices elevated.

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Ian Explains: Why is Russia trying to starve the world?
Ian Explains: Why is Russia trying to starve the world? | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Ian Explains: Why is Russia trying to starve the world?

Why is Russia trying to starve the world?

Nearly a year-and-a-half into its invasion of Ukraine—after the massacre of civilians in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, after the indiscriminate shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant in Zaporizhzhia, and after the torture of countless Ukrainian POWs—Moscow’s latest move may be its cruelest so far.

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A collage depicting food price increases.

Annie Gugliotta/GZERO Media

Are high food prices here to stay?

A perfect storm of pandemic shortages, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and extreme weather events have driven up food prices and threatened food security globally. Now, a strong El Niño event stretching into 2024 could exacerbate this food crisis, but not for everyone.

A 2023 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization found that as many as 783 million people worldwide faced food insecurity in 2022 – 122 million more than in 2019. The pandemic brought supply chain challenges that have been slow to abate. Extreme weather and global conflict further drove up hunger by limiting access to food. The problem is acute in the developing world, but it’s hitting people hard in North America, too.

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia, Sudan & the power of diplomacy
The UN, Russia, Sudan & the power of diplomacy: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield | GZERO Media

Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia, Sudan & the power of diplomacy

Can diplomacy solve the world’s most urgent crises?

GZERO World travels to UN headquarters in New York for a special conversation with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield ahead of the United States taking over the presidency of the Security Council for the month of August.

The United States has a lot of priorities for the session, including food security, human rights, and Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. But with Russia a permanent, veto-wielding member of one of the world’s most powerful diplomatic bodies, how much can really get done?

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As Sudan war worsens, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield says UN must help
As Sudan war worsens, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield says UN must help | GZERO World

As Sudan war worsens, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield says UN must help

On August 1, the United States will take over the presidency of the UN Security Council.

Ian Bremmer sat down with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN headquarters in New York to find out what’s on the US agenda for the council presidency next month.

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Wade Brennan from Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services shows a mosquito that is capable of harboring malaria

Hard Numbers: Malaria makes moves in the US, Kramatorsk death toll, Britons go hungry, Brazil notches 19th century growth number, Israel’s politics crimp tech funding

20: The CDC has detected the first locally transmitted cases of malaria in the US in 20 years. Four of the cases were in Florida, the fifth in Texas. Aren’t those genetically modified mosquitos supposed to be preventing this? THEY HAD ONE JOB!

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Sustainable Investing Spotlight

In Planting for Tomorrow: Weaving sustainability into the path toward food security, a new special edition newsletter from Citi Global Wealth and Eurasia Group/GZERO Media, we take a deep dive into the challenges and the innovations in sustainable agriculture. This newsletter gives you an essential look into the future of food.

Check it out here

Want to go even deeper in the food security challenge? Check out the Living Beyond Borders podcast from Citi Global Wealth Investments and GZERO and listen to our episode compelling called Global Food (In)security.


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