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Food inflation brings emerging markets ever closer to an ‘Arab ...


Food inflation brings emerging markets ever closer to an ‘Arab Spring’

Covid-19, climate change and Russia’s war on Ukraine have economists fearing unrest on the back of price rises

Karin Strohecker, Ezgi Erkoyun and Sarah El Safty

As it has for millions of people in developing and emerging-market countries, shopping for staple foods has become a luxury for Selcuk Gemici.

The 49-year-old, who works in an motor repair shop in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, and lives with his wife and two children in his father’s house, says fresh produce is often out of reach, with his family living on pasta, bulgar and beans.

“Everything became so expensive. We cannot buy and eat what we want. We only buy what we can afford now,” said Gemici. “My children are not properly nourished.”..

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