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A Global Chickpea Shortage is Looming

Chickpea crop yields are expected to drop as much as 20 percent in 2022.

Time to whip up some alternative bean dips.
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We can expect a dip in hummus supplies thanks to a forthcoming chickpea shortage.

Chickpeas are just one crop in a string of supply chain issues due to weather conditions, war and woefully backlogged shipping vessels across the globe. Quantity issues have been bolstered by worldwide fertilizer shortages and widespread supply chain issues, with crops such as tomatoes and wheat being hit just as hard.

According to Reuters, chickpea crop yields are anticipated to drop as much as 20 percent this year. This decrease in the quantity of the legume—an important protein source for many diets— comes as a result of both unfruitful weather conditions and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

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Russia and Ukraine were top exporters of chickpeas, and the war has led to supply chain shortages. In fact, with Ukraine rendered unable to seed its chickpea crop, the result was a deficit of an estimated 50,000 tonnes of chickpeas that otherwise would have ended up in the European market. Before the war, Russia was responsible for around a quarter of global chickpea trade. Other prominent chickpea growing areas, such as Australia, are struggling to keep up with demand as farmers deal with drought and sellers fight for freight space on shipping vehicles. 

Shipping—along with drought and flooding— is also a main concern for the American chickpea market. Merchants are contending with ocean vessels backlogged with deliveries and, in turn, grappling with increased prices of land-based legume transportation. The result is a hike in prices for the once cheap and efficient source of plant protein. In the US, chickpea prices have increased 12 percent from last year, according to NielsenIQ data and Reuters’ report.

It seems unlikely that chickpea stocks will be replenished anytime soon. Turkey, the second largest exporter of the legume, banned chickpea exports in March in an effort to ensure food security and enough stock on its own shelves.

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Leslie Underwood
23 days ago

Chick Peas…I love chickpeas! I wish the gov would step in and straighten out the shipping issues. What’s going to happen when other crops are decimated by weather or shipping problems? It’s not a pretty picture!

Dr B S Nadagoudar
13 days ago

Australia produces large quantity of chick pea and exports to India, huge consumer in view of food habits.

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