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Peru Risks Hunger Spike on Fertilizer Shortages, Food Producers Warn

  • Crop-nutrient crisis has led farmers to block roads in protest
  • Production of rice, potato and corn may fall as much as 40%

A shortage of fertilizers is threatening to create a hunger crisis in Peru as political upheaval distracts authorities from scouring for alternative supplies amid the war in Ukraine, food producers warn.    

Peru’s agricultural industry is facing a deficit of 180,000 metric tons of urea, a key nitrogenous fertilizer, with output of staples such as of rice, potato and corn set to fall as much as 40% unless a solution is found in the coming months, according to Eduardo Zegarra, an agrarian economist and researcher at think tank GRADE.