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How the war in Ukraine impacts the global fertilizer crisis and food prices

Energy crisis in China and sanctions on Belarus already limited supplies of key fertilizers and elevated prices. Brazil’s farmers and consumers fear worse is to come

Belarusian hopper wagon with potash fertilizers. Photo: Shutterstock
Belarusian hopper wagon with potash fertilizers. Photo: Shutterstock

This article was originally published by Dialogo Chino and republished with authorization.

Farmer Claudio Zeni’s attention is divided between global geopolitics and tending to his 15-hectare property in Capitão Leônidas Marques, in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, where he plants soybeans, corn, and wheat, and raises 25 oxen.

“We keep one eye on the crops and the other on the global scenario. After all, those in agriculture depend on the import of fertilizers. We know there is a shortage of these products on the international market,” he says.

Although Brazil is one of the largest agricultural...

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