First UN grain ship for Africa departs Ukrainian port

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First UN grain ship for Africa departs Ukrainian port
First UN grain ship for Africa departs Ukrainian port

Africa-Press – South-Sudan. The first humanitarian ship chartered by the UN to transport Ukrainian cereals left the port of Pivdenny, for Africa, yesterday with about 23,000 tons, announced the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

” Yesterday morning, the freighter left for the port of Djibouti, where the food will be delivered on arrival to consumers in Ethiopia,” the ministry wrote on the messaging platform Telegram.

The ship was chartered by the United Nations World Food Program.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksander Kubrakov said he expected “two or three more” UN-chartered ships to depart soon.

This is the first shipment of food aid to leave Ukraine since Kiev and Moscow signed an export agreement on Ukrainian grain in July, blocked due to the war between the two countries.

The first commercial ship departed on the 1st and more than 15 ships in total have left Ukraine since the agreement came into force, according to Ukrainian authorities, but no UN humanitarian cargo has yet set sail.

Ukraine and Russia are among the world’s biggest grain exporters, whose prices have soared since the start of the war.

According to the World Food Program, a record 345 million people in 82 countries are now severely food insecure, while up to 50 million people in 45 countries are at risk of starvation without humanitarian assistance.

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