Middle East Food Crisis Grows With Conflict

July 13 - As early harvests of grain come in from the fields in the Middle East, Iraq is facing shortages because of war-related problems farmers had in obtaining seed and also in distribution problems that began at the storage silos and continued through the supply chain to the point of household rations dispersals, according to press reports and UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports.

A July 12 Wall Street Journal story quoted the FAO's country brief on Iraq, which said "Food prices in Anbar are the highest of all governorates, around 58 percent above the prices in Baghdad."