War in Ukraine: “Europe finally understands that it is useful to produce wheat”

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Seven million tons of wheat are tied up in Ukraine. A gap that will be difficult to fill. Interview with Sébastien Abis, researcher at Iris.

War in Ukraine: “Europe finally understands that it is useful to produce wheat”

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Director of Club Demeter, which brings together decision-makers from the agricultural and agri-food sector, Sébastien Abis is an associate researcher at the Institute international and strategic relations (Iris). He notably published Geopolitics of Wheat (ed. Armand Colin/Iris, 2015) and co-edited with Matthieu Brun Demeter's 2022 report entitled Food, the new frontiers.

Le Point: In what food context is the war in Ukraine taking place?

Sébastien Abis: In February, the general food price index of the FAO [United Nations Food Organization, editor's note] had already reached a historic peak, at 140. Even in 2010-2011, when the food crisis triggered part of the Arab Spring , this index was not so high. The pandemic has derailed flows, our fashions

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