3 Reasons for the Fertilizer and Food Shortage

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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

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