UN warns about impact of war in Ukraine on food crisis


It is estimated that the siege of Russian warships blocked more than 20 million tons of grain in Odessa and other Black Sea ports.

A barn bombed by Russian troops in Cherkaska Lozova.
A barn bombed by Russian troops in Cherkaska Lozova.getty
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In view of the serious impact of the war, the United Nations has given an alert. Ukraine is facing a global food crisis. Ukraine is consideredEurope’s granary and exports half of the world’s sunflower oil, 15% corn and 12% wheat, but its products are Black Sea ports blocked for more than three months From the aggression of the Russian troops.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned, “The war is pushing millions of people to the brink of food insecurity.” “The mass starvation, Malnutrition and rising prices could create a crisis that could last for years.”
Guterres himself acknowledged that he is in “intense contact” with Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and other countries severely affected by export blockades (particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East) to “solve complex security implications.” To try to find” and the economic and financial sustenance created from the current situation.
It is estimated that more than 20 million tons of grain is blocked in Odessa, Chornomorsk and other Black Sea ports by the siege of Russian warships. situation has caused Global rise in the price of wheat About 30% since the start of the conflict.
Countries such as Egypt import more than 80% of Ukraine’s grain, which also exports large quantities to Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon and Iraq. The rise in the price of bread in Ukrainian wheat-deprived countries threatens to provoke not only hunger, but also explosive social and political situations.
“Russia has started a grain war and is creating a world crisis,” warned the German foreign secretary, Annalena Berbock, “And this is happening at a time when millions of people are at risk of starvation, mainly in the Middle East and Africa.”
“We might In the face of the biggest food crisis of our timeBecause of the “war of choice” in Ukraine,” warns US Secretary of State Antony Blinkenwho attended the emergency conference called by the United Nations in New York.
“There is enough food in the world to avoid a dire situation if we act now,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres concluded. “But the only effective solution is to reorganize production and export in Ukraine, as well as fertilizers produced by Russia and Belarus.”

world bank aid package

The World Bank has joined the alert and announced an 11,500 million euro aid package on Thursday Ensure “Food Safety” In the most vulnerable parts of the world, that increases approved projects to 28,000 million euros for the next 15 months.

Following the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian government initially calculated that only 30% of corn and wheat sowing would be possible in the spring, although estimates have risen to 50%. Nevertheless, the shortage of fertilizers and rising fuel prices have made the task of this real rearguard army made up of Ukrainian farmers even more difficult.

“Sometimes it seems like an impossible mission, but we must not only continue to work in the fields, but also fight on the front lines and seek international solutions for the most vulnerable populations,” director of the Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum Maria Didukh warned. “Last year we provided food to 400 million people: Russian troops put food security at risk in many parts of the world.”

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