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Food insecurity looms after Turkey’s earthquakes

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Turkey’s economy was weak well before February’s devastating earthquakes, but damage to the country’s agricultural sector, one of its most important industries, could push Turkey over the edge. With the growing season fast approaching, farmers in the earthquake zone need immediate assistance to stave off nationwide food shortages.

Food-related consequences of the disaster have already surfaced. Within a week of the quakes, the price of beef surged after destruction of the region’s slaughterhouses. Supplies were also affected, as the hardest-hit provinces account for 12% of Turkey’s cattle industry. Since January, a kilogram of meat has climbed nearly 40%, to 180 lira (about US$9.50). 

Other food commodities also have been steadily increasing. In February, a basket of food increased 7%, with vegetables surging 24% and fruits 10%. Foodstuffs inflation is bound to continue, especially if food production in earthquake-hit areas doesn’t rebound quickly.

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