The NEVA vessel with humanitarian cargo of Ukrainian wheat has arrived to Somalia.
The NEVA is the third vessel within the #GrainFromUkraine program to reach the port of destination. It carries onboard 25,000 tons of milling wheat. This is part of the humanitarian aid from Ukraine for Ethiopia and Somalia, which are on the verge of famine.
"We are all witnessing mass famine on the African continent. Unfortunately, more and more countries cannot afford sufficient food to meet the needs of their people. We are confident that this consignment of Ukrainian grain will be a new step for long-term cooperation and fight against the causes of food shortages. This is our contribution to the restoration of a safe and stable future," commented Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for Recovery of Ukraine - Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development.
The logistics costs of the cargo were covered by the governments of Finland, France and Japan.
The bulk carrier NEVA left the port of Odesa on December 9.
The #GrainFromUkraine program was initiated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Its essence lies in direct purchases of Ukrainian grain by partner countries and its transfer to countries experiencing a humanitarian crisis. The Program is coordinated by the Head of the Presidential Office Andriy Yermak.
The Program is implemented in partnership with the World Food Program under the auspices of the United Nations.