Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered the G20 group humanitarian program Grain from Ukraine, which is designed to prevent famine in African and Asian countries.
The project envisages that Ukraine will send a part of exported wheat for purchase to countries that are on the verge of starvation. Part of the grain can be bought by the states participating in the project and, thus, help poor African countries and the Ukrainian economy at the same time.
Zelensky also proposed to create an international Coordination Group for the prevention of hunger under his auspices in partnership with the UN World Food Program. It may include representatives of national governments, corporations, and philanthropists who can directly influence the provision of food needs.
The government plans that by the end of spring 2023, Ukraine will be able to provide 5 million people with agricultural products. Yermak will coordinate the implementation of the corresponding program.
“Due to hostilities and the destruction of traditional supply chains, the Russians have brought at least 70 million people around the world close to starvation. 90 years ago, the Russian Federation already staged the Holodomor, now they want to repeat it on a global scale,” Zelensky emphasized.
He also said that since July, Ukraine has exported 10 million tons of food by sea. But our state has the opportunity to increase this figure by another million tons every month.
“To this end, I propose to expand the grain export initiative to our other ports — in particular, to the Mykolaiv and Olvia ports in the Mykolaiv region,” Zelenskyi said.
Let’s defeat hunger together. We will not give the Russians any chance to create Holodomor 2.0.