During the 2022 food shortages that resulted to crisis, so many countries began to look for various ways to increase food supply.
There were interventions by world bank to cushion the effects of the food shortages and to increase food supply in Eastern and Southern Africa.
So many staple foods have increased in price in many parts of the world especially in Europe.
There is increase in the price of bread and other foods made with flours due to the ongoing Russia – Ukraine war.
Another major cause of food shortage is as a result of the unwillingness of Russia to supply its own fertilizer to world markets.
As a result of recent price increases in Mexico, avocados have become a luxury good that only a select few can buy. The amount of fruit that is being produced by orange plantations in Florida is at an all-time low. And in Japan, the sushi industry is suffering as a result of a lack of salmon.
When you take a step back, it’s easy to see that a food crisis is developing on a global scale since prices are skyrocketing everywhere. And the suffering that results from this is shared by all.
The head of the World Food Program, David Beasley, gave a speech on Capitol Hill where he sounded the alarm about the potential for food shortages around the world in 2019 if Russia does not break its blockade of Ukrainian grain shipments and deliver its own fertilizer to world markets.
He warned that it would be a catastrophe unlike anything they had experienced in their lifetimes. “And it is going to be a crisis beyond anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes,” he said.
Beasley mentioned that the last time that global inflation and food prices experienced a dramatic jump was in 2008, and that this was followed by civil unrest, protests, and rioting in about 50 different countries.
Beasley stated that “the situation now is much, much worse,” and that “we are already beginning to see destabilization taking place in a number of countries,” including Sri Lanka. “We saw what happened in Mali, Chad, and Burkina Faso,” Beasley added. “We are seeing protests and rioting in Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, Indonesia. I could go on and on about this topic.”
Foods to stockpile for food shortages
- White Rice
- Dried Beans
- Hard Grains Like Wheat
- Instant Potatoes
- Dent Corn
- Soy Sauce
- Rolled Oats
- Dehydrated Foods
- Freeze-dried Foods
- Dried Lentils and Split Peas
- Low Fat Powdered Milk
- Powdered Eggs
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Meat
8 Types of Food Preservation For Food Shortages
There are 8 different methods of preserving food that might be used in times of food shortage.
- Drying is the process of eliminating moisture from food by using the sun. It reduces bacterial growth and mold growth, and it lengthens the shelf life.
- Fermentation: Used in the production of hard cider, beer, and other fermented foods such as kimchi and kefir
- Pickling: This is a process of preserving food in an acidic solution of vinegar or salt.
- Canning, also known as water bath processing, is a technique used to preserve high-acid crops like tomatoes for a longer period of time.
- Dry Canning, also known as Jar and Bake Canning, is a method of preserving grains, beans, and nuts using canning jars and baking.
- Pasteurization, the process of rapidly heating food in order to eliminate harmful microorganisms
- Smoking: imparts a flavorful aroma to foods while also helping to preserve them.
- The use of ingestible salt in the process of curing meats such as hog, beef, or salmon
Solution to problem of food shortage
The issue of a lack of food is one that can be addressed in a few different ways. Through concerted and individual efforts, there is a need to lessen the amount of carbon emissions and pollution that is produced in order to lessen the resulting changes in climate. Because they do not have any negative effects on the surrounding natural environment, clean energy sources, such as solar, nuclear, and geothermal power, should be prioritized for investment in residential and commercial settings (Kamdor, 2007).
In order to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, developed countries have a responsibility to assist less developed countries in the creation and utilization of clean and renewable energy sources (Watson, nd). The United Nations, the World Bank, and other international organizations need to be consulted before any programs aimed at improving the environment are undertaken by national governments.
Kamdor, M. (2007). YaleGlobal: The problem that climate change poses for the world’s poor. This information was retrieved on August 8, 2012, from the Yale Global Online website.
Originally posted 2022-10-22 09:06:30.