Ukraine will deliver 25,000 tons of grain to Nigeria in the coming months as part of the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reported on Jan. 12.
According to the ministry, deliveries will be made even despite Russia’s full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Solskyi, Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, and Minister of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar signed the relevant agreement during a Ukrainian delegation’s visit to Africa.
Grain from Ukraine is a food initiative of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy aimed at providing food to countries that are on the brink of famine, as well as Ukrainian farmers and the economy of Ukraine as a whole.
Earlier on Dec. 27, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy announced a tender for the purchase of 59,000 tons of wheat of a quality no lower than the third class, which will be delivered to African and Asian countries as part of the Grain from Ukraine initiative.
In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to increase humanitarian aid to African and Asian countries by an additional 21,000 tons of corn or wheat grain, thanks to which Sudan, Yemen, Kenya, and Nigeria will receive up to 210,000 tons of grain from Ukraine.
As of late November 2022, more than 30 countries and international organizations joined the initiative, which in total raised more than $180 million for the purchase of Ukrainian food products.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, the European Union, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Qatar, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovenia, the United States, Turkey, Finland, France, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, as well as NATO and the United Nations reported on the provision of financial aid.