Intergovernmental organisation, United Nations has raised an awareness that the war in Ukraine could soon cause a global food crisis that may last for years.

With so much concern about the situation, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has made vital comments, saying the war had worsened food insecurity in poorer nations due to rising prices, BBC reports.

This is not the first time such issue has been raised as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara International, one of the world’s biggest fertiliser companies, Svein Tore Holsether while speaking to BBC once said:

“Things are changing by the hour,”

“We were already in a difficult situation before the war… and now it’s additional disruption to the supply chains and we’re getting close to the most important part of this season for the Northern hemisphere, where a lot of fertiliser needs to move on and that will quite likely be impacted.”

While Guterres is concerned with some countries could facing long-term famines if Ukraine’s exports are not restored to pre-war levels, Holsether says the situation is additional disruption to the supply chains.

With a close look at other effects the war has brought, it has been noticed that there has been a cut-off supplies from Ukraine’s ports, which once exported vast amounts of cooking oil as well as cereals such as maize and wheat.

On supply and price change, the UN revealed that the crisis has reduced the global supply and caused global food price of alternatives to soar with almost 30% higher than the same time last year.

Mr Guterres while speaking in New York on Wednesday, said the conflict – combined with the effects of climate change and the pandemic – “threatens to tip tens of millions of people over the edge into food insecurity followed by malnutrition, mass hunger and famine”.