Despite the issues in the Black Sea and the weather-related problems in the United States, the supply of wheat worldwide is adequate. “We’re not going to run out of wheat; people will be able to buy wheat, but it will come at a high price,” said Joe Glauber, who is with the International Food Policy Institute. Much of the Middle East depends on Ukraine for reasonably priced wheat. “Thirty-to-35 percent of the diet from these countries is from wheat products,” said Glauber. ” Yemen imports about 100 percent of its wheat and have their own civil war going on. It’s not a matter of the countries stepping up their safety net, it has no resources to recover that.” Glauber, who previously served as USDA’s chief economist, said that puts the focus on humanitarian wheat donations.
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