Funding to be used by the World Food Programme to distribute 25000 tons of grain donated by Ukraine.
Norway plans to donate NOK 9.5 million to the World Food Programme, with an aim to help provide support for the transportation, processing and distribution of 25000 tons of grains from Ukraine to Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa. The grain, which is a part of a 50,000-ton donation, was given by Ukraine for use by the UN to combat hunger, particularly in the regions of Ethiopia and Somalia.
As the war in Ukraine has disrupted the supply of food in many places around the world, Norway, Finland, France and Germany are jointly working to facilitate the transport of grain delivery from Ukraine.
“I am pleased that Norway and several other countries are joining forces to facilitate this sorely needed but very challenging grain transport operation. The delivery of this grain will help to combat hunger in Ethiopia and Somalia,” said Anniken Huitfeldt, Norway´s Foreign Minister.
In Ethiopia alone, the grain will help to provide food for some 3.5 million people and Norway´s support will help ensure that the grain is delivered safely to its destination.
“Reliable access to food is a basic necessity,” said Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Minister of International Development, adding that, “the world is contending with a growing number of crises, and it is vital that we strengthen food security.”
The funding is being provided as part of Norway’s ongoing efforts to address the increase in food insecurity caused by the war in Ukraine.
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