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Global Food Shortage - Will We See Empty Shelves in 2024?

Hunger levels across the globe have reached historic levels in recent decades, impacting millions of families who require immediate support to alleviate emergency hunger levels.

Human institutions may take measures to decrease food scarcity. Japan imports rice due to insufficient natural resource endowments to meet population demands.


Due to global drought and rising food prices, some countries may be facing an imminent food crisis. Due to economic shocks, climate change, rising fuel, fertilizer and seed costs combined with conflict and economic shocks - including conflict as a potential contributor - these issues have come together and create the ideal conditions for catastrophe.

Rice accounts for roughly half of global grain supply and, due to COVID-19 pandemic disruptions, has experienced record price increases that have sent wheat, corn and rice prices skyward.

Inclement weather, from flooding in South Asia and China's unpredictable monsoon rains to currency devaluations and rising inflation rates have had an adverse impact on rice production. Shipping and financing costs associated with imports have increased as a result.

As a result, consumers may notice their local supermarkets appear empty; this does not indicate they don't have enough food on hand; in fact, Adnan Durrani of frozen entree producer Saffron Road Foods asserts his warehouses remain fully stocked to accommodate increased demand.


Last winter's winter storms caused shipping delays and disruption, leading to food shortages across the South, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions. This issue persists into 2023; consumers should begin stocking up now before prices skyrocket.

One of the most essential items to stock up on is corn. A staple food product in many American products such as chips and salad dressing, it also forms part of global diets - though Russia's invasion of Ukraine is impacting exports from this nation - thus decreasing global supplies.

Environmental factors have had a major impact on rice production in major producing nations like China and Pakistan, and are expected to worsen through 2024. To protect yourself against potential supply-chain disruptions in 2024, reduce your reliance on specific crops by eating a wide range of healthy foods - this way you have a good source of nutrition available when certain items become scarce; for instance if tomatoes become unavailable try substituting other fruits that provide similar nutritional benefits if tomatoes cannot.


As we enter Year Two of the COVID-19 Pandemic, food shortages and rising prices continue to plague grocery stores. One reason may be due to people cooking more at home and eating out less -- which reduces demand for certain items while heightening shortages for others.

Another issue lies within the food supply chain itself: It has little redundancy, meaning any disruption in one area of it can quickly ripple throughout it all. Labor shortages -- from farm workers and processing plant employees to truck drivers -- have created shipping delays while extreme winter weather in certain regions compounds this situation further.

Food shortages occur when there are not enough healthy foods to meet population needs for energy and nutrients. While shortages often result from production problems, climate fluctuations or price shocks may also trigger shortages that last months or years. Free trade of the foods surplus regions have to those in need is usually the solution; protectionist policies such as export bans exacerbate problems by raising consumer prices while pressuring producers into producing less food.


After corn and soybeans, wheat is the third-most essential food crop globally. Unfortunately, conflicts in Ukraine, climate change, and other stresses are threatening its availability worldwide and could create severe food insecurity issues.

As prices increase, people must allocate more of their budget towards food purchases, which will put undue strain on economies already vulnerable to inflationary pressures - especially those reliant on imports of food products for survival. Such nations typically possess limited currency reserves, low unemployment rates and higher than usual inflationary pressures that render them vulnerable against rising food costs.

Resilience among these nations can be enhanced through opening trade channels, protecting shipments during transport from interference and increasing fair distribution to increase food and fertilizer supplies. Unfortunately, these changes will take time to implement so companies should focus on building agility and resilience into their supply chains by investing in business networks - so that when crisis hits again they're better prepared and consumers don't experience empty shelves. By Raka Banerjee, senior vice president of global product management at Albertsons.


Cultivation of oil seeds such as sunflower, soybeans, rapeseed and sesame is an intricate process requiring skill and diligence. Oil seeds provide essential nutrition including heart-healthy fats, vitamin E, protein and dietary fiber which offer multiple health advantages.

Oilseeds contain bioactive compounds which provide protection from cardiovascular diseases, lipid oxidation and DNA damage caused by inflammation (Giglio et al., 2020). Furthermore, these bioactives have demonstrated positive effects on human vascular system by decreasing blood pressure, raising antioxidant defenses, improving endothelial functions and blocking platelet aggregation as well as low-density lipoprotein oxidation (GIglio et al. 2020).

Countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and rising interest rates will be particularly susceptible to price increases. Food purchases make up a larger-than-usual share of household spending in these nations; unemployment may make households less resilient against price shocks than normal. Furthermore, rising input costs such as energy and fertilizers could exacerbate an already severe global food crisis that occurred between 2008-09 when wheat and corn prices spiked sharply.

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