The Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mr. Mykola Solskyi had online working meetings with the Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty of the Italian Republic Mr. Francesco Lollobrigida and the Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom Mr. Mark Stephen Spencer.
During the meetings, the officials discussed the problem of global food security and the role of Ukrainian grain in stabilizing the world food market as well as providing assistance to the poorest countries suffering from hunger. According to the UN, the record 345 million people in 82 countries are currently facing acute food insecurity. About 50 million in 45 countries are on the edge of famine death.
In order to prevent this problem, the president of Ukraine Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyy initiated an extensive campaign to provide humanitarian assistance in the form of grain supplies to Africa and Asia. Its implementation depends not only on the readiness of Ukraine, but also on the work of the grain corridor and the support of international partners.
"Problems with the export of grain from Ukraine cause problems all over the world: the price of grain is growing, and has a great chance to grow in future. Poor countries suffer especially. That is why the President of our country came up with the initiative on humanitarian aid with Ukrainian grain to African countries. This initiative is conducted together with the World Food Programme and covers the following countries: Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Kenya," Mr. Mykola Solskyi stated.
He added that as of today the USA, Poland, Japan and a number of other countries have decided to participate in this program.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty of the Italian Republic Mr. Francesco Lollobrigida emphasized that the food shortage in Africa may cause a new wave of emigration to Europe, which Europe may not be able to cope with, and assured of Italy's unconditional support of the Ukrainian humanitarian initiative.
The Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom Mr. Mark Stephen Spencer also outlined the importance of the humanitarian program and expressed his full support to Ukraine.