Every plate of food is the center of a story. 

It’s at the center of our dinner tables: an essential human experience where we connect with our friends and family.  But it’s also at the center of a story that connects each of us to farmers, producers, suppliers, grocers, and other families around the world.

Every meal is the result of a journey that recently became even more difficult. Distribution bottlenecks.  Rising food prices. Grain shortages. Energy crises. Climate change. 

This is the reality of our global food system today. When talk at mealtime turns to the price of bread and higher grocery bills, we’re really joining a much larger conversation about where our food comes from, and how it arrives on our tables. 

And as the recent war against Ukraine has revealed: while this story impacts each of us in different ways, it undeniably impacts all of us, together.

life worlds away from where it ends up—and it faces a series of challenges on its way to you.

 

Below, we take a look at some of the acute challenges to the global food system that show up on your plate, exploring some of the ways geopolitical conflict, the pandemic, climate change and other factors impacting the cost and availability of the food at your table.

 
 

We’re taking action by investing heavily in our partnerships with biotech organizations working to create more resilient, resource-efficient, and carbon-smart solutions that will increase productivity and minimize harvest loss, investing more than ​​€5bn in research and development every year.

With so many pressures on the global food system increasing food prices worldwide, a ripple effect can be felt even in the most food secure nations, while the most vulnerable communities are pushed to the edge of starvation.

 

From Connection to Action

The world is so interconnected that a crisis anywhere can be felt everywhere. ​​In addition to the devastation the war in Ukraine has caused for millions on the ground, it has also set in motion events that have triggered critical disruptions in the supply chain, food production, fertilizer access, energy and more. The war has made a challenging situation worse, as due to the global pandemic food prices were already on the rise.

 

The most effective way to help mitigate the disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine is to end the war and ensure food is not being used as a political tool. The clock is ticking. Every day the war continues, the global food crisis worsens.

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