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Global Food Hoarding: When Grain Becomes Political

At least 10 countries have introduced restrictions on overseas sales of grains or rice since mid-March

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The coronavirus has done more than disrupt supply chains, it’s restarted a discussion about self-sufficiency tinged with nationalism.

According to a report at The Economic Times, at least 10 countries have introduced restrictions on overseas sales of grains or rice since mid-March, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute tracker, and while many of those actions might not stick, that such threats were made at all serves as a wake-up call to governments.

Food experts agree that as things stand, there’s more than enough grain in the world and stockpiles of key staples. What’s causing some shortages of products such as pasta in retail outlets are distribution bottlenecks triggered by lockdowns.

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