Category: fertilizer

Whatโ€™s Behind The Rise Of Food Prices?


This post is by Tessa Di Grandi from Visual Capitalist


The following content is sponsored by Brazil Potash


The Rise Of Food Prices

The World Food Price Index reached an all-time high in March 2022 before gradually falling for nine months to December 2022. But what caused this surge?

There are many variables contributing to the rising cost of global food, but supply chain disruptions and climate change are two major drivers for the spike in prices over the most recent years.

The above graphic from Brazil Potash explores how these two factors are contributing to the most recent rise in food prices.

1. Supply Chain Disruptions

The COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have caused major disruptions to global food systems, altering trade patterns, production, and consumption of commodities.

The pandemic placed unprecedented stress on global food systems through a variety of factors, including a change in consumer food consumption, workforce restrictions, and trade pattern disruptions, causing food prices to rise.

Then, on February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, blocking vital exports of commodities for international food systems, and causing a sharp spike in food prices.

Ukraine was the fourth largest global exporter of cereals before the invasion. Combined, Russia and Ukraine export around 28% of the world’s wheat and 15% of its maize.

Simultaneously the fertilizer industry has also felt the strain, with the trade of essential fertilizers for crop production impacted (Read more...)

Mapped: Where Does Our Food Come From?


This post is by Tessa Di Grandi from Visual Capitalist


The following content is sponsored by Brazil Potash

Where Does Our Food Come From?

Did you know that over two-thirds of national crops originated from somewhere else?

Humans have been selecting and growing crops for specific traits since the origins of agriculture some 10,000 years ago, shaping where and what crops are grown today.

Now our food system is completely global and many of the world’s top producers of staple crops are in countries far from their historical origin. For example, Brazil is now the largest soybean producer in the world, though the crop is originally from East Asia.

The above infographic by Brazil Potash shows the historical origins of crops before they were domesticated across the globe and the main producers of our staple crops today.

Producers Of Staple Crops Today

Staple crops are those that are the most routinely grown and consumed. These can vary between countries depending on availability.

In 2020, sugarcane, maize, wheat, and rice made up around 50% of global crop production.

But when the production and distribution of staple crops are threatened, the consequences can be felt globally. Let’s take a look at the countries that were the top three producers of some of our staple crops in 2020.

CropCountryPercentage of Global Production
Sugar Cane๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทBrazil40.5%
Sugar Cane๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณIndia19.9%
Sugar Cane๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณChina5.8%
Maize๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธU.S. (Read more...)

3 Reasons for the Fertilizer and Food Shortage


This post is by Bruno Venditti from Visual Capitalist


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3 Reasons for the Fertilizer and Food Shortage

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Bad weather, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and a shortage of fertilizer have led to fears of a global food crisis.

This infographic will help you understand the problem by highlighting three key factors behind the mounting food crisis.

#1: The Fertilizer Shortage

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the war has disrupted shipments of fertilizer, an essential source of nutrients for crops.

Russia is the world’s top exporter of nitrogen fertilizer and ranks second in phosphorus and potassium fertilizer exports. Belarus, a Russian ally also contending with Western sanctions, is another major fertilizer producer. In addition, both countries collectively account for over 40% of global exports of the crop nutrient potash.

Here are the top 20 fertilizer exporters globally:

RankCountryExports Value (Billions in USD)
#1๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia$12.5
#2๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China$10.9
#3๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$6.6
#4๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco$5.7
#5๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States$4.1
#6๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia$3.6
#7๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands$2.9
#8๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium$2.6
#9๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman$2.6
#10๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar$2.2
#11๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany$1.5
#12๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑI srael$1.5
#13๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt$1.5
#14๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania$1.4
#15๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Algeria$1.4
#16๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain$1.3
#17๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan$1.3
#18๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland$1.2
#19๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia$1.0
#20๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria$1.0

The main destination of fertilizer exports from (Read more...)