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  • Global food security is based on domestic production in Ukraine and the resumption of navigation in the Black Sea, says Yuliia Svyrydenko in Davos
    Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, posted 14 January 2024 19:22

    First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yuliia Svyrydenko took part in the Fourth Meeting of National Security Advisers on the Ukrainian Peace Formula implementation, which was held in Davos under the chairmanship of the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak. The event was attended by representatives of 81 countries and international organisations. During the meeting, the participants discussed possible steps to counter russian aggression and the immediate introduction of effective restrictive mechanisms against the aggressor. The agenda of the meeting included five main items: withdrawal of russian troops, restoration of justice, environmental safety, prevention of escalation and recurrence of the war, and confirmation of the end of the war.

    In her statement, Yuliia Svyrydenko focused on russia's environmental crimes and their impact on the global economy.

    "The aggressor destroys our nature in many ways. The enemy pollutes the land, devastates forests, kills both individual animals and entire ecosystems of nature reserves, destroys industrial facilities, the largest of which was the destruction of the Kakhovka dam. russia kills everything: people, cities, nature. We will not manage to build a climate-friendly world until we stop russian aggression and its crimes against the environment," Yuliia Svyrydenko addressed the audience.

    According to her, russia must be punished for its crimes. Therefore, Ukraine is thoroughly collecting all evidence and data for the prosecution of russian military and officials.

    The First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine also focused on the issue of demining. Over the past year, Ukraine managed to return 18,000 square kilometres of Ukrainian land to cultivation out of 174,000 square kilometres that were considered potentially contaminated. Of these, 208,000 hectares are farmland.

    "If we take into account this year's average wheat yield in the country, this area can grow almost a million tonnes of grain. This is a significant result that we have achieved thanks to our joint efforts with our partners. But the scale of the problem is still huge. We still need to inspect more than 156,000 square kilometres of territory for mines and other explosive devices," noted Yuliia Svyrydenko.

    The assistance of partners in this area can help to restore the global economy and strengthen global food security. After all, the Ukrainian land that cannot be cultivated now and the blockade of shipping in the Black Sea have led to shortages and a sharp rise in prices around the world. During the war, the number of people suffering from food insecurity increased from 221 million to 324 million. And prices for some crops reached historic world highs, with the price of wheat jumping over USD 400 per tonne.

    "Ukraine is now returning to its pre-war pace, and this has a positive impact on both world market prices and food security, which are now based on domestic production in Ukraine and the unblocking of shipping in the Black Sea. Our country remains a key player in the global grain and sunflower oil markets, with a share of over 10% of international trade even as russia continues its aggression. Thanks to joint efforts with our partners, we continue to overcome challenges. In March 2022, we had launched the Solidarity Lanes with the EU, in July 2022, the Black Sea Grain Initiative, and after russia blocked it, in August 2023, we introduced an alternative maritime corridor. Thanks to all these efforts, in 2023, we exported 16.1 million tonnes of wheat to 65 countries, 26.2 million tonnes of corn to 80 countries and 5.7 million tonnes of sunflower oil to 130 countries," summed up Yuliia Svyrydenko.