MIL-OSI Translation: WFP calls for reopening of Ukrainian ports to avert threat of famine

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MIL OSI Translation. Region: France and French Territories –

Source: United Nations – in French 2

Headline: WFP calls for reopening of Ukrainian ports to avert threat of famine

Ports in the Odesa region of southern Ukraine must be reopened urgently to prevent the global food crisis from spiraling out of control, the World Food Program (WFP) said on Friday.

This would allow food produced in the war-torn country to flow freely to the rest of the world and prevent “mountains” of grain from being wasted.

Hurry up

“Right now the grain silos in Ukraine are full. At the same time, 44 million people worldwide are heading towards starvation. We need to open these ports so that food can flow in and out of Ukraine. The world demands it because hundreds of millions of people around the world depend on these supplies,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.

“Time is running out and the cost of inaction will be higher than anyone can imagine. I urge all parties concerned to allow this food to leave Ukraine to where it is desperately needed, so that we can avert the imminent threat of famine,” the WFP chief added.

This crisis is another fallout from the war, which began on February 24.

Stuck in silos

Black Sea ports are blocked, leaving millions of tonnes of grain stuck in silos, on land or on ships, unable to move.

Unless ports reopen, Ukrainian farmers will have nowhere to store the next crop in July and August, WFP said.

“The result will be mountains of grain that will go to waste as the WFP and the world struggles to deal with an already catastrophic global food crisis,” the agency said.

At the start of the year, some 276 million people around the world were already facing acute hunger and that number could rise by 47 million if the war continues, with the biggest increases in sub-Saharan Africa, warned the PAM.

feed the world

Before the conflict, most food produced in Ukraine was exported through the country’s seven ports on the Black Sea.

More than 50 million metric tons of grain passed through these ports in the eight months before the war began, and exports were enough to feed 400 million people.

Disruptions caused by the war have already pushed up the prices of basic foodstuffs well beyond the record highs reached earlier this year. In March, export prices for wheat and maize increased by 22% and 20% respectively, on top of strong increases recorded in 2021 and early 2022.

The WFP has also felt the effects. Soaring food and fuel prices have pushed operational costs up to $71 million a month, equivalent to the daily ration of nearly four million people for a month, affecting the ability to agency to respond to hunger crises around the world.

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