The World Food Programme stated that Russia’s blockade against Ukraine will cause more starvation, famine, and instability in the world if it is not lifted.
Sky News was able to get rare access Odesa port on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.
While the port should be busy exporting tens to thousands of tonnes of grain, its enormous grain elevators remain idle.
Sky was shown a large grain cargo vessel weighing 60,000 tonnes.
It should have been sailing for Egypt in February, but it remains moored due to the Russian’s naval blocking.
30 silos full of grain are located opposite the ship.
It has been there for several months, weighing in at a quarter of a billion tonnes. There is no way to transport it out to sea.
Matthew Hollingworth serves as the World Food Programme’s emergency coordinator for Ukraine.
He said that unless there is an impact, the consequences will be catastrophic around the globe.
It’s clear that it will lead to more starvation around the globe. This famine is only going to get worse.
“We’re in a position where the world’s economy are only partially improving from COVID-19, and this situation will tip many countries over to the edge.”
They refer to Ukraine as the breadbasket.
Its black soil is one of the most fertile in the world. Because of its fertility, Ukraine can export 70% of its crop. The harvest of Ukraine’s last year was enough to feed an astonishing 400 million people.
Kees Huizinga, a Dutch farmer, came to Odesa 20 years ago to farm.
His farm, which covers 37,000 acres, is huge by British standards.
Although he was able to transport some of the harvest last year by truck overland, it took six days for him to get through customs and he will only be able shift a small fraction of his grain.
He says that if the naval blockade continues, it will be catastrophic for all those who depend on him as well as millions of people around the globe.
He stated that bankruptcy for us, the company, and 400 employees without jobs and me without jobs, and for the rest of the world, it would mean a large gap in world food supplies.
“It is more than 70% of Ukrainian crop that are intended for export, and the people who really need it in the poor countries won’t get it so they will die.”
Two million tonnes could be exported per month, even if the EU opened its land borders to Ukrainian grain.
It is necessary to get out between five and seven millions tonnes.
Ukraine claims NATO must act to help it escort cargo vessels through the blockade, or to give it weapons to attack Russia’s navy.
This would lead to confrontation between NATO members and Russia.
The alternative to global instability and civil unrest could be revolution or war.
The problem is being dealt with by the Western governments, but they are still struggling to solve it after three months. Time is running out.
In a month or so, Ukraine will harvest its next crop. Ukrainian farmers who fail to sell their harvest before then will become bankrupt and be unable buy fertiliser or seed.
This will lead to the world’s breadbasket becoming a basket case, with potentially devastating consequences for hundreds and millions.