The Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solskyi during the meeting with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme David Muldrow Beasley discussed the global food security issues, which had been caused by the Russian-Ukrainian war, as well as joint actions of Ukraine and the world to prevent food crisis.
The Minister stressed the need to unblock Ukrainian ports and shipping routes to ensure logistical links for agricultural supplies.
"Russia's military aggression against Ukraine will have global consequences for global food security. In order to stabilize the situation, it is important to ensure the logistics of agricultural supplies from Ukraine – through unblocked ports and alternative routes. Small and medium-sized Ukrainian farms and agricultural enterprises, which play an important role in ensuring national and global food security, need urgent assistance," – Mykola Solskyi has emphasized.
David Muldrow Beasley has got acquainted with the Ukrainian Government’s achievements on alternative logistics routes for the export of agricultural products and has promised to provide a constant dialogue on this issue with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
The possibility of purchasing surplus grain in Ukraine through the UN World Food Programme was discussed in order to feed African and Middle Eastern countries and prevent global hunger in these regions.
In addition, David Muldrow Beasley has informed that the UN World Food Programme had already deployed large-scale humanitarian aid to Ukrainians who had been affected by the war. There were established the contacts with bakeries, flour mills and food industry enterprises in Ukraine for the purpose to purchase of goods in critical regions. There were 40 thousand tons of food products approximately. Seven warehouses have been opened in Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Chernivtsi, Odesa and Kropyvnytskyi. In addition, financial assistance is being provided to the internally displaced persons in Lviv, Vinnytsia and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts.
Mykola Solskyi has thanked the partners for their help to Ukraine during this difficult period and has expressed his hope for strengthening cooperation in all areas discussed during the meeting.