Ukraine in global food market
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RussiasFamine Game

Obey or Starve
Russia’s war on Ukraine destroys people’s lives and livelihoods, even far from the battlefield. Russia is turning food into a weapon of war, similar to what Russia has already done with its energy supplies. Russia’s game of toying with global hunger was launched to bargain for geopolitical advantages at high stakes.

Is This War Far AwayThe Data Says The Opposite

Is This War Far Away?
The Data Says The Opposite

Before Russia’s invasion, Ukraine provided food for
400 mln
people worldwide
in grain supplies in 2022
-50%
the World Food Programme has lost
730,000 people
will face famine conditions
25%
more people in the world will experience acute food shortages
Food Mark
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Ukraine exports > 10% of all wheat
Source: 2021/22, USDA data
Ukraine supplies food to every 20th person on planet
Ukraine is one of top food suppliers of these countries
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Morocco – 15%
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Türkiye – 18%
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Pakistan – 46%
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Israel – 20%
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Lebanon – 80%
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Yemen – 22%
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Egypt – 26%
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Tunisia – 42%
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Ethiopia – 26%
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Libya – 44%
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Indonesia – 27%
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Bangladesh – 23%
Source: Ukraine's contribution to the total import of the countries. 2020, 2021, ITC
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Ukraine exports > 14% of all corn
Source: 2021/22, USDA data
Every 10th corn kernel in the EU is from Ukraine
Ukraine is one of top food suppliers of these countries
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Türkiye – 32%
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China – 55%
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Egypt – 26%
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EU27 – 32%
Source: Ukraine's contribution to the total import of the countries. 2020, 2021, ITC
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Ukraine exports > 47% of all sun-flower
Source: 2021/22, USDA data
Every 3rd portion of French fries in the EU is fried in Ukrainian oil
Ukraine is one of top food suppliers of these countries
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India – 75%
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China – 59%
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Iraq – 74%
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EU27 – 62%
Source: Ukraine's contribution to the total import of the countries. 2020, 2021, ITC

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has changed the world's food supply chains

Products that Ukraine will not be able to deliver to the world market provoke a chain reaction:
countries are increasing their food stocks
limiting food trade against the background of uncertainty
prices are rising
the risk of hunger in low-income countries is higher

Ukrainian Seaportsthe Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ukrainian Seaports
the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Chornomorsk
12.7
mln tons
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Pivdennyi
10.5
mln tons
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Odesa
9.7
mln tons
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Mykolaiv
0
blocked
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Port of Olvia
0
blocked
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Other
0
blocked
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Source: Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre. July 19,2023.
Russia artificially slows down the inspection of the ships under the Grain Initiative. Since August 1, 2022,
32.8 mln tons were exported instead of supposed 57 mln tons

“Grain from Ukraine”
humanitarian program

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Within the initiative, Ukraine distributed grain free of charge to countries in need with the support of 34 donor countries.
Ethiopia
90,000
tons of wheat
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Yemen
30,000
tons of wheat
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Kenya
25,000
tons of wheat
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Somalia
25,000
tons of wheat
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Source: Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine
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Russia is blackmailing the world by refusing to extend the Grain Initiative

On June 17, Russia announced its withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative. The deal, created almost a year prior, has been crucial in stabilizing the global food supply and decreasing prices.

For months prior, Russia had been sabotaging the Initiative by delaying vessel inspections. Since January 2023, merely half of the inspections from the agreed plan have been conducted each month. And since April 29, 2023, Pivdennyi seaport, included in the deal, had been fully blocked by Russia again.

And now, with the complete halt of the deal, Russia is trying to force compliance with its demands by threatening millions of people worldwide with food shortages.

Purposeful destructionof Ukrainian food supply

Purposeful destruction
of Ukrainian food supply

February 08, 2024

SKY GATE bulk carrier with 25 thousand tons of Ukrainian humanitarian wheat for Nigeria is moving through the Ukrainian temporary sea corridor. This is the first ship with humanitarian wheat in 2024, chartered by the UN World Food Program within the “Grain from Ukraine” initiative, reported the Ministry for Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine.

08/02
January 11, 2024
The Ukrainian “grain corridor” reached the same capacity as before Russia’s full-scale invasion. During its operation, 500 vessels have already exported more than 10 million tons of cargo, informed Dmytro Pletenchuk, Spokesman for the Naval Forces of Ukraine.
11/01
January 08, 2024

During the five months of operation of the temporary grain corridor, about 10 million Ukrainian agricultural products were exported to different countries worldwide, reported Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister for Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine.

08/01

GuardiansOf The Harvest

Guardians
Of The Harvest

“I collected 4,000 mines from a thousand hectares”. How farmers sow winter crops in the Kherson region

Farmer Oleksandr Hordiienko has been sowing winter crops in the Beryslav community after partial demining and under Russian shelling.

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If we hadn’t moved, the goats would have died from hunger

Farmer Serhii Svyrydenko from the Donetsk region evacuated 150 goats to the western part of the country. Now, he sets up in a new place and works to restore the cheese production.

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The damage to the farm is estimated at $1.5 million, but we will rebuild everything

The Naporivske farm was under Russian occupation for a month. Despite the huge losses, the farm owner feels optimistic and has already begun the reconstruction.

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