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UN estimate: the grain harvest does not cover consumption

The world's population grows - and, consequently, the Hunger. According to experts, the grain harvest is not able to meet the global demand currently. A cause of the recent drought in Europe.

The world's grain harvest could be rich for the second Time in this decade to meet the demand. The UN food and agriculture organization (FAO) in Rome and the International grains Council (IGC) in London.

According to an estimate by the FAO, are consumed in the agricultural year 2018/19, almost 30 million tonnes more than harvested. An agricultural year is the period of time from one harvest to the next. The UN experts expect a worldwide total harvest of nearly 2.66 billion tonnes. Came to a similar forecast of the grains Council, a merger of the most important cereal-producing States.

According to experts, one reason for the decline: the drought in the EU and in Russia in the past year.

It was too dry

A cause of the decline is the drought in many Parts of Europe, therefore, is in the last year. In the European Union and in Russia, the wheat harvest declined significantly. According to experts, the European cereal harvest was last year, drought-related, six percent lower than in the previous year.

The consequences are felt, according to the Federal Association of the German food industry (BVE) already: While producer prices for food in January and February increased in comparison with the previous year, in the case of bread and cereal products in Germany to 6.3 percent. In the past year, these products have larger price increases than for food.

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