UKRAINE / BRAVE COMMANDER SHIP

16-Aug-2022 00:03:09
The first maritime shipment of Ukrainian wheat grain for humanitarian operations run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) left Ukraine’s Yuzhny (Pivdennyi) Port, another important milestone in efforts to get much needed Ukrainian grain out of the conflict-hit country, back into global markets, and to countries worst affected by the global food crisis. WFP
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STORY: UKRAINE / BRAVE COMMANDER SHIP
TRT: 03:09
SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 - 16 AUGUST 2022, MYKOLAIV GRAIN TERMINAL AND YUZHNY (PIVDENNYI) PORT, ODESA, UKRAINE / MARCH 2022, ETHIOPIA
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12 AUGUST 2022, MYKOLAIV GRAIN TERMINAL, UKRAINE

1. Various shots, trucks being loaded with wheat

12 AUGUST 2022, YUZHNY (PIVDENNYI) PORT, ODESA, UKRAINE

2. Various shots, he UN-chartered MV Brave Commander docks at port to collect Ukrainian wheat grain purchased by the UN World Food Programme

14 AUGUST 2022, YUZHNY (PIVDENNYI) PORT, ODESA, UKRAINE

3. Various shots, MV Brave Commander being loaded with 23,000 metric tons of wheat
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Marianne Ward, Deputy Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP) Ukraine:
“This ship will be taking 23,000 metric tons of wheat to the hungry people of Ethiopia, people who are literally on the edge of famine. We're very excited that this is the first ship to be leaving this court and that a humanitarian ship is really leading the way. We also hope that this will be the beginning of normal operations and that Ukrainian food can start to go out and support the world and and hunger and bring down global food prices.”

16 AUGUST 2022, YUZHNY (PIVDENNYI) PORT, ODESA, UKRAINE

5. Various shots, WFP grain ship, MV Brave Commander, departs port of Odesa

FILE – MARCH 2022, ETHIOPIA

6. Various shots, WFP food distribution
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The first maritime shipment of Ukrainian wheat grain for humanitarian operations run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) left Ukraine’s Yuzhny (Pivdennyi) Port today (16 Aug), another important milestone in efforts to get much needed Ukrainian grain out of the conflict-hit country, back into global markets, and to countries worst affected by the global food crisis.

The shipment of 23,000 metric tons of wheat grain will go to WFP’s humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa where the threat of famine stalks the drought-hit region. It is one of many areas around the world where the near complete halt of Ukrainian grain and food on global market has made life even harder for families already struggling with rising hunger.

SOUNDBITE (English) Marianne Ward, Deputy Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP) Ukraine:
“This ship will be taking 23,000 metric tons of wheat to the hungry people of Ethiopia, people who are literally on the edge of famine. We're very excited that this is the first ship to be leaving this court and that a humanitarian ship is really leading the way. We also hope that this will be the beginning of normal operations and that Ukrainian food can start to go out and support the world and and hunger and bring down global food prices.”

A record 345 million people in 82 countries are now facing acute food insecurity while up to 50 million people in 45 countries are right on the edge of famine and risk being tipped over without humanitarian support.

With commercial and humanitarian maritime traffic now resuming in and out of Ukraine’s Black Sea Port, some global supply disruptions will ease with relief for countries facing the worst of the global food crisis.

Crucially, it will also allow Ukraine to empty its grain storage silos ahead of the summer season harvest.

Despite these positive developments, the world still faces an unprecedented food crisis. Immediate action is needed that brings together the humanitarian community, governments, and the private sector to save lives and invest in long term solutions. Failure will see people around the world slip into devastating famines with destabilizing impacts felt by us all.

This export of wheat is the product of collaboration between the private sector and the government sector.
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