Ukraine: FAO strengthens its presence to optimize technical and humanitarian assistance
New agreement with Ukraine government aims to increase support for farmers
Mix in bunker to reload wheat for onward transport during harvest near Krasne village, Ukraine, July 2019. (©FAO/Anatolii Stepanov)
Rome – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has strengthened its presence in Ukraine by signing an agreement with the government to establish a project office that provides technical and humanitarian assistance to the country’s most vulnerable people. facilitated and expanded. communities, especially in rural areas.
Ukraine joined the FAO in 2003 and since 2015 the organization has been working in two strategic directions: emergency humanitarian response to conflict-affected explosions and agricultural development throughout the country.
“Following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, FAO has increased its activities in the country to support agricultural production and food systems with the aim of protecting the food security of vulnerable households and communities across Ukraine,” said Laurent Thomas said, Deputy Director General of the FAO and a signatory to the Agreement on behalf of the FAO. “This agreement will expand our cooperation in the country, enhance Ukraine’s agricultural potential and protect the food security of the most vulnerable Ukrainians, leaving no one behind.”
“On behalf of the Ukrainian people and our producers, I would like to thank the FAO for the support it has provided since the beginning of the large-scale invasion by Russia. The production and export potential of the Ukrainian agricultural sector is being restored and The support FAO provides to people, their lives are also improving. I am confident that with the opening of the Project Office, the cooperation between FAO and Ukraine, which has been going on for many years, will gain new dynamism, “Ukraine Yulia Sivrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister of the United States and Minister of Economic Development. and trade of Ukraine, and signatories of the agreement on behalf of the Government of Ukraine.
Disrupted supply chains and rising prices
The effects of the war in Ukraine have severely disrupted the country’s agricultural production and food exports, threatening both local and global food security.
FAO’s Humanitarian Response Update This points to mounting evidence that disruptions in the food supply chain and rising prices coupled with low incomes have significantly affected the access and affordability of food, resulting in increased reliance on food aid. Prices of basic commodities, including food, have increased significantly across the country, especially in areas that have seen active fighting. More than half of rural households surveyed by the FAO reported that, in the past three months, food contributed to more than half of their total household expenditure.
Major difficulties faced in the coming months with respect to agricultural production include diminishing returns from sales of products, access to fertilizers and pesticides, access to fuel and electricity, which power agriculture and farm equipment, and animal health products such as veterinary medicine. access is included. Medicines, animal feed and feed additives. Storage for harvested produce is also in critically short supply.
FAO’s continued support for Ukraine
“FAO is actively supporting smallholders and rural households who play an important role in local food value chains,” said Raimund Jehle, FAO’s regional program leader. “Small farmers are currently being supported with winter wheat seeds to maintain production levels for the 2023 harvesting season, as well as with grain sleeves to ensure that from this season The crop can be stored and preserved appropriately. FAO is also assisting rural households to purchase animal feed, multipurpose cash assistance and vouchers along with other essential agricultural inputs and equipment.
of FAO Revised Rapid Response Plan (RRP) US$115.4 million is needed to help about one million people in rural Ukraine by the end of 2022. FAO’s response includes providing crop and livestock inputs with cash to support the most affected smallholder farmers and livestock holders to meet seasonal deadlines. With this help, families will be able to produce vegetables, cereal crops, milk, meat and eggs to support their families.
To address the grain storage crisis, FAO has developed a grain storage support strategy (GSSS) requires an additional $65 million. This expansion of the RRP aims to provide more than 4 million tonnes – or 25 percent of the estimated overall requirement – of grain storage capacity in Ukraine. The strategy also includes support from the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, strengthening government capacity for food commodity testing and certification required for export at border facilities.
So far, FAO has raised approximately $80 million under RRP and GSSS against a combined total requirement of approximately $180 million. There is an urgent need for additional resources to support vulnerable rural households, especially in preparation for the coming winter season.
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