On December 3, the first vessel under the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian program arrived in the Ethiopian port of Doraleh with 25,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat. This is the amount of food that can feed almost 100,000 people for a year.
“The need to supply food to Africa is one of the important messages that the President of Ukraine expressed during his address at the G20 (on November 15), announcing the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian program. And Ukraine proves that our words are always supported by deeds,” said First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yuliia Svyrydenko.
On November 26, the initiative of the President of Ukraine aimed at providing food aid to the countries of Africa and Asia suffering from hunger was officially launched at the inaugural International Summit on Food Security, during which more than 30 countries and international organizations joined the program.
A week has passed – and the program is already being implemented in practice.
In general, within the framework of the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative, Ukraine plans to send more than 60 vessels to Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Kenya, Yemen, and others.
The Ukrainian grain program was supported by: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, the EU, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as NATO, UN and other international organizations.
More than USD 180 million has been attracted for the implementation of the program.
The second vessel, which is being loaded in the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk, will sail to Ethiopia next week with 30,000 tonnes of wheat on board.
The third vessel under the Grain from Ukraine initiative will deliver 25,000 tonnes of humanitarian wheat to Somalia (to be loaded in the port of Odesa).
The demand for agricultural products in the world is growing annually by 2-3%, and the deficit of grain in the markets of Africa and Asia in 2024 may reach 10-15%. Due to hostilities and disruption of traditional supply chains, russians have brought at least 70 million people around the world on the brink of starvation. That is why Ukraine insists that the grain initiative be extended indefinitely.