Ukraine: UN secures Canadian funding for grain storage | War in Ukraine

Ukraine: UN secures Canadian funding for grain storage | War in Ukraine

Wheat storage silos in the Donetsk region, July 8, 2022.

Canada will provide $40 million in funding to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) project to partially offset the destruction of military equipment. grain storage because of the war in Ukraine.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has just launched a new US$40 million Canadian-funded project to correct the disease. insufficient grain storage capacity in Ukraine, the UN agency said in a statement.

This financing should make it possible to store an additional 2.4 million tonnes of cereals between 2022 and 2023, and provides for the provision of ancillary technical equipment, she adds, as the decisive harvest period for winter crops (cereals and oilseeds) begins.

According to the Ukrainian government, out of a total storage capacity of 75 million tons, 14% of the equipment is damaged or destroyed, 10% is located in the territories occupied by Russia and 30% is full of 22 million tons from harvests. 2021 which await their export, from the silos of the Black Sea ports in particular, summarizes the FAO.

With this funding, the UN will provide temporary and permanent solutions for grain storage, including supplying polyethylene grain sleeves, loading and unloading machines and modular long-term storage units for small and medium-sized farms on a large part of the territory, specifies in the press release Pierre Vauthier, head of the FAO country office for Ukraine.

This assistance is in addition to a previous package of $17 million provided in early July by the Japanese government to ensure the storage of a million tons of grain.

The FAO's objective is to compensate for part of the loss of storage capacity linked to the conflict, up to 4.07 million tonnes, or 25% of the deficit of national storage estimated at 16 million tonnes in 2022-2023.

The international organization, which has so far raised $70.4 million through its Ukraine aid programs, estimates that $110 million additional US dollars are urgently needed to support vulnerable households in rural areas.

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