The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain aid purchased by the World Food Program to Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia, today 24

The United Nations said its first chartered ship is supposed to transport grain from Ukraine under a deal to ease the global food crisis, and is expected to dock in Ukraine on Friday.

The United Nations World Food Program revealed that the MV Brave Commander, which left Istanbul on Wednesday, is expected to arrive in Yuzhny, east of Odessa on the Black Sea.

WFP spokesman Thomson Ferry said the ship would carry Ukrainian wheat purchased by the World Food Program.

“It is the first humanitarian shipment of food aid under the agreement for the transport of grain from the Black Sea,” he added.

Turkey opened a special center in Istanbul at the mouth of the Black Sea to monitor export operations, staffed by civilian and military officials from the warring parties and delegates from Turkey and the United Nations.

The World Food Program bought 30,000 tons of Ukrainian wheat. The ship has a capacity of 23,000 tons.

“The remaining amount will be loaded and transferred to another ship soon,” Ferry said.

The UN official added that the World Food Program “expects the Emvi Brave Commander to be the first ship in what will become a regular shipping program to transport grain from Ukraine as part of the signed agreement.”

It is not yet known when the ship will leave and the World Food Program has not revealed details about its destination.

“Loading and sailing ships to and from ports in the context of the current conflict is a complex process,” Ferry said.

“Transportation of Ukrainian grain shipments within WFP humanitarian operations to places such as Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen will ensure a double win for both the Ukrainian economy and for populations at risk of famine in the countries of the world most affected by the crisis. world food. “, he added.

Disrupted shipments from Ukraine and Russia – two of the world’s biggest grain exporters – have pushed up prices and made food imports prohibitively expensive for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Phiri said that 345 million people in 82 countries face acute food insecurity, and as many as 50 million people in 45 countries are on the brink of famine and are at great risk without humanitarian support.

(agencies)