NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2022 (WAM) — In connection with the Black Sea Grains Initiative, the first shipment of Ukrainian wheat for humanitarian aid operations run by the United Nations World Food Program is heading to the Horn of Africa today. and left Ukraine.

This is another important step in the effort to bring much-needed Ukrainian grains back from conflict-affected countries to the global market and reach the countries most affected by the global food crisis. It’s a milestone.

The 23,000 tonnes of wheat shipments will go to WFP’s humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa, where the threat of famine looms over drought-stricken regions. UN Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the near-total cessation of Ukrainian grain and food on world markets has made life even more difficult for already starving families in many parts of the world. One of the regions.

A record 345 million people in 82 countries face severe food insecurity, and up to 50 million people in 45 countries are at risk of famine, according to the World Food Programme, which could be overthrown without humanitarian assistance. are in danger of The World Food Program said the resumption of commercial and humanitarian maritime traffic to and from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports would help countries facing the worst of the global food crisis and reduce global supply disruptions. indicated to be relieved. Importantly, WFP says Ukraine will allow grain storage silos to be emptied ahead of the summer harvest.

WFP said despite these positive developments, the world is still facing an unprecedented food crisis. They stress the need for urgent action to bring together humanitarian agencies, governments and the private sector to save lives and invest in long-term solutions.

WAM/Tariq Alphaham

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