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World Food Programme: Kiev is in short supply of food and is ready to provide assistance

Date:04-19-2022 Number of visits:454 Font size:T|T
Beijing, March 1 (reporter Ma Jiajia) - at present, the food supply in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is insufficient. The United Nations World Food Programme is ready to provide assistance to Ukrainians affected by the conflict.
David Bisley, executive director of the world food programme, issued a statement expressing deep concern about the rapidly changing conflict in Ukraine and its potential impact on the access of civilians to food in affected areas and WFP's global operations.
The statement said that the team of the United Nations World Food Programme is ready to take action as needed when access and resources are available. Calls on all parties to ensure that affected communities have sustained access to humanitarian support that may be needed and to ensure the safety and access of local humanitarian workers.
The statement stressed that conflict is the main driver of world hunger and food insecurity. At present, as many as 283 million people in 81 countries are in a state of sudden food insecurity or high risk. 45 million people have been hovering on the edge of famine. The world cannot afford another conflict, which will lead to a further increase in the number of hungry people.
The statement also pointed out that the Black Sea basin is one of the most important food and agricultural production areas in the world, and the impact of the conflict on food security may affect areas beyond Ukraine's borders, especially the poorest people. Due to the economic losses caused by COVID-19, the affordability of grain has become a global concern. The interruption of food supply in the Black Sea region will increase food prices and boost food inflation.
"50% of our food comes from the Ukrainian Russian region, which will have a huge impact on food costs, transportation costs, oil and fuel," David Bisley said in a social media video released in Yemen "This is a disaster above disaster."
According to the world food program, according to UNHCR estimates, 422000 Ukrainians have fled to neighbouring countries since the beginning of the conflict. Traffic jams to Ukraine's western neighbors have been for miles. Since Ukraine does not allow male citizens to leave the country, the majority of those fleeing to the Polish border are women and children. When the temperature is as low as - 2 ° C at night, it takes 40 hours to cross 14km into Poland. Families fleeing the conflict feel desperate, cold, fearful and hungry.
It is reported that there are shortages of food and drinking water in some areas of the Ukrainian capital Kiev and Kharkov, which are currently the worst conflict areas.
According to the staff of the World Food Program in Kiev, the food supply is insufficient and the shelves of grocery stores are almost empty. Food shortages will be another obstacle for Kiev residents, many of whom have taken refuge in subway stations. The WFP team also carried out emergency communication and logistics work in the city and some neighbouring countries.
At the time of the crisis, the World Food Programme warned that 811 million people around the world still sleep hungry every night. Since COVID-19, the number of people facing serious food insecurity has surged from 135 million to 283 million. A total of 45 million people in 43 countries are teetering on the brink of famine - in addition to meeting the needs of the Ukrainian people, the world food programme is working to ensure that critical supplies for its global operations are least affected.
"We are deeply concerned about the impact of the war on civilian lives and livelihoods," said Margot van der velden, director of the emergency division of the world food programme. "As the situation evolves, it is necessary to ensure that affected communities continue to receive any humanitarian support they may need and to ensure the safety of local humanitarian workers." Humanitarian access to Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine is expected to be first, followed by impartial humanitarian access to Moldova and Ukraine. (end)
(Editor: HBA)

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