According to the latest data provided by the Global Pulse Confederation (GPC), a non-profit representing various sectors of the industry, chickpeas are the latest food commodity to be affected as global droughts and extreme weather patterns damage crops, and supply chain disruptions impact food distribution across the globe.
The GPC suggests supplies of chickpeas could drop almost 20 percent this year, increasing global prices for the protein-dense bean.
With Russian sanctions and the ongoing invasion of Ukraine further disrupting supply chains, GPC anticipates the possibility of European demand for chickpeas diverting to Canada.
Statistics Canada forecasts the approximate amount of Canadian-produced chickpeas from 2022 to 2023 to be around 110 kilotonnes. (One kilotonne is equal to 1,000 tonnes.)
By comparison, the 2020 to 2021 crop cycle produced 214 kilotonnes of chickpeas in Canada.
With no clear direction on when the current war in Ukraine will end, the GPC anticipates that the average global cost of the pulse to rise 12 percent this year.
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