Hunger as a result of the food crisis due to the war in Ukraine will affect about 220 million people worldwide, said the UN Deputy Director General for Food and Agriculture (FAO) Maurizio Martin.
In an interview published on Saturday in the daily Corriere della Sera, the former Italian minister of agriculture emphasized that at least 6 million tons of cereals and about 14 million tons of corn are blocked in Ukrainian ports. He recalled that Ukraine is their great global producer.
– Already before the outbreak of this conflict, hunger in the world was on the increase. Over 200 million people in 53 countries found themselves in a situation of acute hunger in 2021, noted Martin.
– Our first estimates – he added – indicate an increase in this number of people by another 18 million, but it is clear that it will depend on the development of the conflict – he said.
The poorer countries depend on exports from Ukraine and Russia
The deputy director of FAO informed that the value of Ukrainian cereals exports to Europe in 2020 amounted to approximately EUR 5.4 billion.
– As for developing countries, the situation is much more delicate and worrying; at least 36 out of 55 countries affected by a food crisis depend on exports from Ukraine and Russia – explained the interlocutor of the Italian newspaper.
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