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War and Food Insecurity: New Survey Evidence from Ukraine

July 07, 2022
Ida Rudolfsen, Gudrun Østby, et al.


In analysis for Political Violence At A Glance, an IGCC-supported blog dedicated to political violence and its alternatives, Ida Rudolfsen, Gudrun Østby, Henrikas Bartusevičius from PRIO, and Florian van Leeuwen from Tilbury University share survey findings on food insecurity in Ukraine.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, food insecurity and food prices have become increasingly concerning. However, the focus has largely been on the consequences of war for the international market and food insecurity abroad, leaving less attention to the lack of food among civilians in Ukraine.

Ukrainians have fled their homes, lost their jobs and income, and faced disruptions of food production and supply chains. In a recent survey in Ukraine, we asked a series of questions to explore food insecurity in more detail. The findings paint a grave picture: one in three Ukrainians are currently food insecure. The findings also indicate that those living in the east, those who are more exposed to attacks, and—not surprisingly—those who are the least well off in the first place are the most endangered by food insecurity.

Read the full blog post at Political Violence At A Glance.