The current crisis in Eastern Europe will have substantial long-term effects on global supply chains and trade dimensions for years to come. Rising energy and food prices will derail the largely positive global economy after disruptions in the last 24 months.
Extracts from Nigeria’s Q4-21 foreign trade statistics revealed that c.59.1 per cent of Nigeria’s agricultural imports stem from Europe, rounding up to a total value of N394.2 billion in Q4-21 vs total value of agricultural imports of N667.2 billion as of same period.
In essence, there exists a direct relationship between the prices of agricultural commodities and economic stability in Europe.
A handful of economies in Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa are particularly vulnerable to a disruption in the production or transportation of grains and seeds from Russia and Ukraine.
For lower-income countries, such as Nigeria, these supply disruptions and higher prices could cause increased hunger and food insecurity.
We are already beginning to note these changes. The most recent Feb-22 inflation report showed an uptick in food inflation by 25bps month-on-month, higher than the average 7bps increase in the preceding 12 months.
Also, in recent weeks, under the aegis of the Premium Bread-Makers Association of Nigeria (PBMAN), Bakers expressed displeasure regarding the harsh business environment triggered by the rising energy costs and increasing forex rates; global wheat prices have climbed by 37.1 per cent YTD in Q1-2022.
Looking forward, the recent geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe could provide significant fuel to the current global economic disruption and could lead to a bearish outlook for agricultural imports through FY-22, which is already pressured following the prevailing global inflationary and FX pressures.
We expect a continuous rise in general prices of agricultural goods to persist at least through Q2-22. The current crisis will have substantial long-term effects on global supply chains and trade dimensions for years to come as rising energy and food prices will derail the largely positive global economy after disruptions in the last 24 months. ~United Capital