Worldwide chickpea shortage threatens hummus price hike

A plate of Hummus. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 February 2018
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Worldwide chickpea shortage threatens hummus price hike

DUBAI: If a 70 percent sale on Nutella at a supermarket in France led to riots, what would Arabs do if the price of hummus were to rise?
A shortage in hummus’ main ingredient, chickpeas, due to unseasonably wet and cold weather, has threatened to force a hike in the price of the staple Middle Eastern dish.
Chickpeas thrive in dry weather, however, due to the unusual weather, which as well as rain, has also seen frost setting in, has damaged crops in exporter countries, resulting in low supplies.
The shortage has already affected Lebanon’s market.
Lebanese food importing company Riachi Trading told Lebanon’s The Daily Star that one kilogram of chickpeas cost $1.50 in 2017, but has nearly doubled to $2.80 in 2018.
“One kilogram of chickpeas is sold for LL5,000 ($3.30) when it used to be between LL1,250 ($0.99) to LL2,000 ($1.32),” an employee of Riachi Trading told the Lebanese daily.
For a country that has weathered political and sectarian strife, will this be the chickpea that breaks the Arab’s back?


Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Updated 20 October 2018
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Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

  • Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the planet

TOKYO: European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana early Saturday to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
The mission is complicated by the intense gravity pull of the sun, forcing the spacecraft to take an elliptical path that involves two fly-bys of Venus and six of Mercury itself.
Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the surface and magnetic field of Mercury.