Kenya has received 30,000 tonnes of wheat from Ukraine to help reduce the effects of drought and famine in the country.
The fifth maize shipment from Ukraine was received on Monday by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, together with Dr Christopher Fomunyoh, member of the International Coordination Group for the Prevention of Hunger (ICGPH), and Ambassadors from the donor countries to the programme.
The wheat is part of Ukraine’s ‘Grain from Ukraine’ (GfU) humanitarian programme started by their president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“This shipment to Kenya cements our ongoing commitment to tackling forced famine across Africa’s most vulnerable nations. While we continue to defend our nation against external aggression, we have not forgotten our humanitarian obligation towards our allies in time of need.”, said Andriy Yermak, Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office and Chairman of the International Coordination Group for the Prevention of Hunger.
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Since the beginning of its launch, the programme has delivered over 140,000 tons of Ukrainian wheat to Africa’s struggling nations.
“Several countries across Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Somalia, are facing the worst food crisis seen in 40 years. Global factors, such as ongoing climate change in Africa, the escalating conflict in Ukraine, inflation around the world and a surge in global food prices, have caused devastating hunger ripples worldwide,” said Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate for Africa Programmes at the National Democratic Institute, USA.
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