A ship carrying Ukraine grain is expected to depart the port of Odesa, bound for Africa, where food prices have sky-rocketed since Russia’s invasion in February
Grain ship to depart Ukraine for Africa
Thrown between hope and despair, expectations have been raised that the first UN grain transport ship could soon be leaving Ukraine for Africa while more Russian shelling struck the east of the country.
Closing in on the half-year mark, the war has sent food prices sky-high and left poorer countries with ever less hope they would be getting supplies from the breadbasket of Europe. On Friday, European Council President Charles Michel announced though that the first World Food Program transport for Africa was poised to depart.
After a dozen other ships, first @WFP grain transport for Africa will soon load then depart from Odesa to Ethiopia.— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) August 12, 2022
Cooperation of all involved actors is key to make UN scheme work to help avoid food shortage and hunger.@AntonioGuterres
He said the ship would load in a Ukrainian port and depart for Ethiopia, saying “cooperation of all involved actors is key” to avoid food shortage and hunger around the world. Such a move would be a big step in the food crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
The ship, Brave Commander, would take more than 23,000 metric tons of grain and export it to Ethiopia.