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Putin’s War Risks More Global Hunger, Destabilizing Poor Nations

  • Biden administration weighing how to combat wheat disruption
  • Any solution to manage wheat supplies will cost billions
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir PutinPhotographer: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

President Joe Biden and the leaders of top U.S. allies are exploring how to keep Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from causing a spike in global hunger as the war increasingly disrupts supplies of wheat and other goods from a region known as one of the world’s breadbaskets.

The prospect of international food shortages is “going to be real,” Biden said Thursday at a news conference in Brussels after a G7 meeting that addressed the looming crisis, which could also spark political instability in poorer nations. Biden said he’s urging European and other nations to drop trade restrictions that could limit exports of food.