Why does the Ukrainian grain crisis affect the world?

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Torino, italy

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September 22nd at 15:00 in your time zone

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The crisis triggered by the global pandemic and war in Ukraine has undermined the food sovereignty of entire countries, particularly the poorest.

The cultivation of fields has lost its primary function – i.e. feeding communities – to meet market demands. Countries with the longest agricultural histories, such as Egypt, are in danger of running out of bread because they cannot import grain. The price of raw materials and food continues to rise exponentially as a direct result of financial speculation.

A solution to break out of this vicious cycle exists, and it is to return to consolidating and enhancing local production systems. There are already many positive examples, starting with the cereal sector: local communities that cultivate indigenous wheat varieties, producing quality flours, bread and pasta. These are not “niche” realities. They are beacons in the night, and they show the way forward.


  • Olena Motuzenko, visiting professor at the University of Camerino, Italy, and professor of Tourism and Geography at the National University of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko.
  • Rosario Floriddia, farmer and owner of Floriddia Organic Farm, of Peccioli.
  • Barbara Massaad, Slow Food activist, author, photographer, food consultant, and TV host.
  • Ghulam Rasoul Samad, professor Horticulture Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Kabul University


  • Nick Jacobs, director of IPES-Food – the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, specialist in agri-food, trade and development policy, with a background in media, communications and political research.

Free entry while seats last. We advise you to arrive 10 minutes before the event starts to ensure a place.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor CINEA can be held responsible for them.

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Event languages: IT, EN

Event location: 
, Gino Strada Arena
Ingressi Borgaro e Mortara - Torino (italy)
GPS: 45.092073, 7.665029

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