The head of the World Food Program warned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could lead to the worst global food crisis since World War II. David Beasley, the U.N. food chief told the Security Council that many of the Ukrainian farmers are now fighting Russians instead of tending to their crops during the planting season. The development could diminish Ukraine’s harvest by 50% and have a global impact “beyond anything we’ve seen since World War II.”
Beasley said 50% of the grain it purchases to feed 125 million people around the world comes from Ukraine, and warned that it will have to start cutting rations in war-torn areas like Yemen. He said, “The last thing we want to do is take food from hungry children to give to starving children.”
The U.S. blamed the food crisis on Russia, accusing it of blocking access to Ukrainian ports to cut off exports of grain and of bombing civilian ships carrying food.