The world faces a shortage of chickpeas: supplies may fall by 20% this year

The world faces a shortage of chickpeas: supplies may fall by 20% this year

The decline in production in the United States and the invasion of Russia * in Ukraine could lead to a sharp increase in the price of hummus. />

Data show that global supplies of chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus and falafel, could fall by 20% this year.

The combination of Russia's war against Ukraine, bad weather and transport problems is leading to a shortage that is predicted to push prices up and make cheap hummus harder to get.

< p>Farmers in the United States, the world's fourth-largest exporter of chickpeas, have planted fewer protein-rich legumes this year due to less than ideal spring weather.

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In addition, rf is also a leading producer of chickpeas. Global sanctions have interrupted the country's global chickpea exports, while the ongoing war has reduced the amount of chickpeas commonly grown in Ukraine by about 50 tons.

Many communities around the world depend on chickpeas, a staple of many Israeli dishes as a cheap source of protein and fiber. Demand for hummus in the United States has skyrocketed over the past two decades.

Chickpea prices are already 17% higher than they were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to NielsenIQ.