Everyone knows the worse food insecurity situation in Ukraine, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has noted that 115.4 million dollar is urgently needed to prevent a further deterioration of the situation and worsening of the disruption of food supply chains in that country.
Termed as ‘Breadbasket of Europe, the FAO points out that there is an urgent need to support Ukrainian farmers in planting vegetables and potatoes during this spring season. Moreover, the farmers should be allowed and supported to go to their fields and save the winter wheat harvest, the FAO said. With this Plan, in line with the revised Inter-Agency Flash Appeal, FAO has more than doubled its initial request of 50 million dollars to support 3,76,660 small- and medium-sized farming households or almost one million people through December 2022.
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, FUNCTIONING OF FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS CRITICAL
FA O Director of Emergencies and Resilience Rein Paulsen said; “as food access, production and overall food availability deteriorate in many parts of Ukraine as a result of the war, efforts to bolster agricultural production and the functioning of food supply chains will be critical to averting a food crisis in 2022 and into 2023.”
“FAO’s immediate concern is to support the ongoing spring planting season and to prevent the disruption of the upcoming winter crop harvesting, which typically occurs in June-July, and could severely threaten food security in the country. Agriculture depends on seasons. There is no time to waste to get ready for the upcoming fall season,” he said.
Agriculture is central to Ukraine’s economy, playing a key role in protecting food security and livelihoods across the country, as well as the region. FAO estimates that one third of the crops and agricultural land may not be harvested or cultivated in 2022. The forced displacement of civilian populations fleeing the war and the conscription of men into territorial defence forces is resulting in labour shortages and an increased burden on women.
Preliminary data collected by FAO, through ongoing assessments, demonstrates that farmers at all levels need cash to procure inputs and services for food production and to maintain their farming operations.
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