First WFP ship leaves Ukraine, bolstering efforts to get food to people at risk of starvation – Reuters

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IOUZHNY / ROME – The first maritime shipment of Ukrainian wheat grains for humanitarian operations led by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) left the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny (Pivdennyi) today, another milestone in efforts to make get much-needed Ukrainian grain out of the conflict-affected country, to world markets and to the countries most affected by the global food crisis.

The shipment of 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat grains will go towards WFP’s humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa where the threat of famine looms in the drought-stricken region. It is one of many areas around the world where the near complete shutdown of Ukrainian grain and food on the global market has made life even harder for families already struggling with growing hunger.

“Opening Black Sea ports is the single most important thing we can do now to help the world’s hungry,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “It will take more than grain ships out of Ukraine to stop world hunger, but with Ukrainian grain back on world markets, we have a chance to stop this global food crisis from getting even worse. “

A record 345 million people in 82 countries now face acute food insecurity while up to 50 million people in 45 countries are on the brink of starvation and at risk of tipping over without humanitarian assistance.

With the resumption of commercial and humanitarian maritime traffic to and from Ukraine’s Black Sea port, some global supply disruptions will ease with relief for countries facing the worst of the global food crisis. Importantly, it will also allow Ukraine to empty its grain storage silos ahead of the summer season harvest.

Despite these positive developments, the world is still facing an unprecedented food crisis. Immediate action is needed that brings together the humanitarian community, governments and the private sector to save lives and invest in long-term solutions. Failure will see people around the world sink into devastating famines with destabilizing effects felt by all of us.

This wheat export is the product of close collaboration between the private sector – which is essential in our response to the global food crisis – and the government sector. WFP could not have organized this expedition without critical emergency funding from USAID’s Office of Humanitarian Assistance, as well as

as significant contributions from the foundation of longtime WFP supporter and former goodwill ambassador Howard G. Buffett and the Minderoo Foundation, the Australian philanthropic organization of Andrew and Nicola Forrest.

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For more information, please contact (email address: [email protected]):

Martin Penner, WFP/Rome,
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Annabel Symington, WFP/Rome,
Crowd. +44 7746397099

Tomson Phiri, WFP/ Geneva,
Crowd. +41 79 842 8057

Nina Valente, WFP/ London,
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Martin Rentsch, WFP/Berlin,
Mobile +49 160 99 26 17 30

Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington,
Crowd. +1 202 770 5993

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