The Biden administration plans to provide $670 million in food aid to countries left in the lurch after Russia and Ukraine stopped exporting wheat and other commodities. Russia and Ukraine were major suppliers of wheat to the Middle East and North Africa. USDA and the U.S.
Agency for International Development will purchase domestic wheat and other commodities to help feed people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen experiencing food insecurity..."The need is there. That's the biggest concern, obviously, when people are struggling," said Steve Mercer, vice president of communications for U.S. Wheat Associates. "There's no doubt the conflict in Ukraine is the source of significant and unexpected higher prices for wheat," Mercer said. "The industry does expect that to lead to more food insecurity."
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