Africa-Press – Botswana. The United Nations announced this Saturday that a second shipment of Russian fertilizers will go to West Africa after a first attempt was blocked in European ports because of sanctions imposed due to the conflict in Ukraine.
The measure comes within the scope of ongoing negotiations between Russia and the UN.
The Secretary General of the UN Trade and Development agency, UNCTAD, Rebeca Grynspan, told journalists that there are around 300,000 tonnes of fertilizers in different European ports.
“The first shipment will leave a port in Holland bound for Malawi, the ship is loading at the moment. And the date that was set for the ship to leave is the 21st of November, via Mozambique”.
As part of the implementation of two agreements signed on July 22 in Istanbul, the Turkish capital, to guarantee unrestricted access to food and fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia, WFP previously announced that it would facilitate the donation of 260,000 tonnes of fertilizers by the Russian Uralchem-Uralkali fertilizers, for the most needy countries on the African continent, with Malawi being the first destination.
Grynspan added that, “in addition to Malawi, with the donation from Uralchem/Uralkali, WFP intervention and help from the World Bank and France, we hope that the next destination for fertilizers will be West Africa, which is being severely affected by Affordability Crisis for Russian Fertilizers”.
Agricultural products and fertilizers are not subject to sanctions against Russia, but due to the risks linked to the conflict in the Black Sea, shipowners were afraid to rent their ships due to lack of security.
After intensive discussions, Russia and the UN established a framework for insurance, financial transactions and other matters that is compatible with the three existing sanctions systems (US, UK and EU) put in place after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.
Nine ships with 162 thousand tons of products left Odessa
The message, published on Facebook and quoted by the Ukrinform agency, refers in particular to bulk carriers BOZBURUN – M and GOKOVKA M, who left with 40,000 tons of wheat for Ethiopia, Yemen and Afghanistan.
“These are already the eighth and ninth ships chartered by the World Food Program of the United Nations (UN) as part of its assistance to African and Asian countries”, he added.
Currently, 26 ships with a cargo of one million Ukrainian agricultural products are being processed in the ports of Odessa, he said.
Since last August, a total of 475 ships have left the ports of Odessa with 11.2 million tonnes of Ukrainian food products destined for Asia, Europe and Africa.