Ukraine Invasion and Food Systems: Short- and Long-term Impact

The global food system is under threat as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine puts one of the world’s major breadbaskets in jeopardy.

The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has roiled commodity markets and is threatening global food security. The ongoing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors have already driven up food prices

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will further disrupt global markets. It will have negative consequences for global grain supplies in the short term. By disrupting natural gas and fertilizer markets, it will have negative impacts on producers as they enter a new planting season. This could push up already high food price inflation and have severe consequences for low-income net-food importing countries, many of which have seen an increase in malnourishment rates over the past few years in the face of pandemic disruptions.

In this webinar, Joseph Glauber and David Laborde, Senior Research Fellows with IFPRI’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, presented their latest research. They unfolded the long- and short-term consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Global Food Systems.





Dr Joe Glauber is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC where his areas of interest are price volatility, global grain reserves, crop insurance and trade. Prior to joining IFPRI, Glauber spent over 30 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture including as Chief Economist from 2008 to 2014. As Chief Economist, he was responsible for the Department’s agricultural forecasts and projections, oversaw climate, energy and regulatory issues, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.



Dr David Laborde Debucquet joined IFPRI, Washington DC, in 2007. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division and the Theme Leader on Macroeconomics and Trade for IFPRI.

His research interests include globalization, international trade, measurement and modelling of protectionism, multilateral and regional trade liberalization as well as environmental issues (climate changebiofuels). He has developed the MAcMapHS6 and the ADEPTA databases on tariffs as well as the TASTE software. He is a contributor to the GTAP database and a GTAP research fellow since 2005. Recently, he has been focusing on costing the roadmap to achieving SDG2 in a globalized context while considering the role of goods, capital, and migration flows. Beyond his work on databases, he has developed several partial and general equilibrium models applied to trade policy and environmental issues, including the MIRAGE and MIRAGRODEP models and their extensions. He has participated in and organized training sessions for researchers and policymakers in several developing countries, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa.



Claire Heffernan

Professor Claire Heffernan, Principal Investigator, UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub

Professor Claire Heffernan is Director of the London International Development Centre and the Principal Investigator of the UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub. She holds a joint appointment with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). Her work at the Centre focuses on facilitating interdisciplinary research across seven University of London institutions aimed at addressing critical challenges in international development.

Current thematic areas include nutrition, health, agriculture, humanitarian emergencies, zoonotic diseases, impact evaluation and education. Claire’s particular areas of expertise include the application of interdisciplinary research within the development sphere in addition to the emerging paradigm of solutions-based research.







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Event details

When: 7 April, 2022 - 1:00 pm

Where: Zoom