A deal has been reached with Russia to allow Ukraine to resume exports of grain through the Black Sea.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, millions of people are at risk of hunger due to a shortage of Ukrainian grain, following Russia’s blockade of its Black Sea ports – 20 million tonnes of grain is stuck in silos in Odesa.
According to the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, last year Ukraine exported 20 million tonnes of wheat, 5 million tonnes of barley, and 25 million tonnes of maize (aka corn).
So far this year, Ukraine’s grain exports are down 30%, triggering soaring food prices.
If the deal is honored, it would allow a significant number of ships to access grain stockpiles and export them to countries all over the world, from Spain to Saudi Arabia to Indonesia.