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Ukraine: FAO reinforces its presence to optimize technical and humanitarian assistance [EN/RU] – Ukraine

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New agreement with Ukrainian government aims to boost support for farmers

ROME – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed an agreement with the Government of Ukraine to establish a project office to facilitate and expand the provision of technical and humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in Ukraine. strengthened its presence in Especially rural communities.

Ukraine joined FAO in 2003 and since 2015 the organization has worked in two strategic directions. emergency humanitarian response in conflict-affected states and agricultural development across the country.

“Following the outbreak of war in Ukraine in February 2022, FAO has expanded its activities in the country to improve agricultural production and food systems with the aim of protecting the food security of vulnerable households and communities across Ukraine. We support them,” said Laurent Thomas. Deputy Director-General of FAO and signed the agreement on behalf of FAO. “This agreement will expand our cooperation in Ukraine, increase Ukraine’s agricultural capacity, protect the food security of the most vulnerable Ukrainians, and leave no one behind.”

“On behalf of the Ukrainian people and our producers, I would like to thank FAO for the support it has provided since the beginning of the large-scale Russian aggression. It is recovering and the lives of those to whom FAO provides assistance are also improving.I am confident that with the opening of the project office, the longstanding cooperation between FAO and Ukraine will gain new dynamics.Ukraine First Yulia Sviridenko, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Ukraine.

Supply chain disruptions and rising prices

The effects of the war in Ukraine have severely disrupted the country’s agricultural production and food exports, jeopardizing both regional and global food security.

Update on FAO’s humanitarian response There is growing evidence that disruptions to food supply chains and rising prices associated with falling incomes are having a significant impact on food access and affordability, resulting in increased reliance on food assistance. pointing out. Prices for basic commodities, including food, have risen significantly across the country, especially in areas of active fighting. More than half of rural households surveyed by FAO report that food has accounted for more than half of their total household spending in the past three months.

The main problems expected in the coming months related to agricultural production include low profits from the sale of products, access to fertilizers and pesticides, and access to fuel and electricity to power farms and agricultural machinery. , and access to animal health products such as veterinary medicine. Drugs, animal feeds and feed additives. Harvested produce storage is also very scarce.

FAO’s continued support for Ukraine

FAO Regional Program Leader Raimund Jehle said: “Smallholder farmers are now being assisted with winter wheat seeds and grain sleeves to properly store and protect this season’s crop to maintain production levels for the 2023 harvest season. FAO is also supporting rural households, including animal feed, multi-purpose cash assistance and vouchers to purchase other essential agricultural inputs and tools.”

FAO’s Revised Rapid Response Plan (RRP) USD 115.4 million is needed to help about 1 million people in rural Ukraine by the end of 2022. FAO’s response includes providing crop and livestock inputs along with cash to help the most affected smallholder farmers and livestock owners meet seasonal deadlines. This support enables households to produce vegetables, grains, milk, meat and eggs to feed their families.

To address the grain storage crisis, FAO Grain storage support strategy (GSSS) needs an additional $65 million. This RRP extension aims to provide more than 4 million tonnes, or 25% of the estimated total need, to Ukraine’s grain storage capacity. The strategy also includes supporting the Ukrainian National Service on Food Safety and Consumer Protection by strengthening the government’s capacity for food inspection and certification required for export at border facilities.

To date, FAO has raised approximately $80 million against a combined requirement of approximately $180 million under the RRP and GSSS. Additional resources are urgently needed to support vulnerable rural households, especially in preparation for the approaching winter season.

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