El Nino Effect Has Begun: Sugar Shortage at the Door

Global sugar reserves hit their lowest level in 14 years due to the El Nino weather phenomenon caused by a warm water current in the Pacific. Fabio Palmeri, global commodity market researcher at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), said FAO forecasts a 2 percent drop in global sugar production in the 2023-24 season compared to the previous year, which would lead to a loss of about 3.5 million tons. This is partly due to El Nino, a natural phenomenon that alters global weather patterns and can cause extreme weather, from droughts to floods. Scientists say climate change is exacerbating El Nino. Sugar is also increasingly used for biofuels such as ethanol, so global sugar reserves are at their lowest level since 2009.


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