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A cargo vessel on the Sulina Channel en route to the Danube River, in Romania
WORLD
Jul 21, 2023
Ukraine grain relies on a river that’s drying up
A heatwave fanning across the southern part of Europe is lowering river levels and crimping export capacity, which will make shipping grain even more difficult.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Jul 23, 2022
Ukraine's grain challenge involves clearing mines, finding ships and trusting Putin
Ukraine finally secured a deal aimed at restarting crucial Black Sea grain exports that have been crippled by Russia's invasion. But getting them going won't be easy.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 15, 2022
Amid devastating heat, Europe's climate change impacts make adaptation harder
Heat waves and droughts are expected to overwhelm swaths of the continent this summer, causing fires, halting power plants and cutting crop output.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 4, 2022
Putin’s media blitz on Africa food crisis sparks alarm in Europe
Russian diplomats have gone on a media offensive in recent months to push the narrative that sanctions, rather than Russian blockades, are causing shortages.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 21, 2022
Bacon, chicken and beef won’t get cheaper anytime soon
Farmers across the world are contending with near-record prices for livestock feed as supplies of grains and soy shrink.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 9, 2022
Russia's war in Ukraine set to compound worldwide hunger crisis as shipments dry up
Together, Russia and Ukraine exporting so much wheat, corn, sunflower oil and other foods that it adds up to more than a tenth of all calories traded globally.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 8, 2022
Shoppers scramble for staples as food fallout from war spreads
Russia and Ukraine are vital suppliers of grains, vegetable oil and fertilizers, which means that supply disruptions will be felt all over the world.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 1, 2022
With Russian and Ukrainian crops in limbo, a vital food lifeline is choked off
The world's grains buyers are being forced to hunt elsewhere for cheap and abundant wheat supplies as trade from both Russia and Ukraine dries up.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Mar 20, 2020
Coronavirus puts fragile system supplying food to world under strain
Global warehouses are stuffed with frozen cuts of pork, wheels of cheese and bags of rice. But as the coronavirus snarls logistical operations, the question becomes: How does all that food actually get to people?

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