Nigeria to Receive 25,000 Tons of Ukrainian Grain, Boosting Food Supply - The Top Society

Nigeria to Receive 25,000 Tons of Ukrainian Grain, Boosting Food Supply

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Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnarm, has announced that a shipment of 25,000 tons of Ukrainian grain is set to be transported from the Turkish port of Samsun to Africa’s largest economy. This initiative is part of the “Grain from Ukraine” program aimed at addressing global food shortages.
Ambassador Bodnarm revealed that the grain is currently stored in Turkey under the supervision of the United Nations World Food Program. He emphasized the ongoing preparations for the delivery of an additional 60 ships from various ports, signaling a substantial effort to address food insecurity in regions like Nigeria.
During the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the 25,000 tons of grain were originally dispatched in bulk from a Ukrainian port. Now, under the auspices of the United Nations World Food Program, the grain is strategically located in Turkey for efficient distribution to countries facing food shortages.
“The grain, set to be loaded onto the Fuat Sezgin vessel in about ten days, will embark on a journey to Nigeria, lasting approximately 20 days, contingent on weather conditions,” explained the Ukrainian Ambassador. This timely shipment comes as a result of the “Grains from Ukraine Project,” signed in January by Nigeria’s ex-Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyema, and the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammad Abubakar, along with Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Solskyi.
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The backdrop of this initiative lies in the aftermath of the year-long conflict between Ukraine and Russia, which led to global supply shortages. To address this issue, the UN-backed Black Sea grain deal was established in 2022, ensuring the safe passage of grains to countries grappling with food scarcity, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.
However, in a setback, Russia withdrew from the agreement in July 2023 after its expiration, citing concerns that the grains did not reach the countries in dire need and that their commodities were not permitted for export. Despite this, the current shipment of Ukrainian grain to Nigeria signals a collaborative effort to alleviate food shortages and enhance the agricultural resilience of nations facing challenges in the aftermath of the conflict and supply disruptions.
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