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Russia-Ukraine War Worsens Fertilizer Crunch, Risking Food Supplies

by Alisha Bhagat, Apr 13
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Russia is one of the world’s largest exporters of fertilizer, and the component ingredients of fertilizer. As countries sanction Russia, there is a lack of fertilizer entering the global agricultural system, driving up the cost, and ultimately reducing crop yield as farmers cannot afford this needed input.

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So what?

Lower crop yields and rising food prices as a result of a fertilizer shortage, have huge implications for food security. Many regions of the world are already very vulnerable to fluctuating food prices, and this could push many into food insecurity. While “natural” fertilizers such as animal manure are increasingly being used, this transition was not made smoothly, and has not worked to increase the resilience and regeneration needed in the agricultural system.

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by Alisha Bhagat Spotted 25 signals

Alisha Bhagat is the futures lead at Forum for the Future. Her work focuses on the creative use of futures tools to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality. Alisha brings a broad toolkit to her work and designs games, creates immersive experiences, and brings the future to life. In addition to her work at Forum, Alisha is a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design where she teaches the Futures Studies and Speculative Design certificate. Prior to joining Forum, Alisha was a foreign policy consultant for the US government and a fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Alisha holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BS in Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2005. When not thinking about the future, Alisha is an avid gamer and science fiction enthusiast.

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