THE UNITED NATIONS: The first humanitarian shipment of grain from Ukraine by the World Food Program (WFP) has arrived in Ethiopia, a UN spokesman has said.
WFP said the grain, delivered under the Black Sea Grain Initiative brokered by Turkey and the UN, will support a month of assistance to more than 1.5 million people displaced by drought and conflict,” said Stéphane Dujarric, chief spokesman for the UN secretary. -General Antonio Guterres, said during a briefing here.
The cereals are currently being unloaded at the main WFP warehouse in Adama town and will be distributed in the coming weeks, the spokesman was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying.
Conflict, drought and rising costs are driving food insecurity across Ethiopia. With 20 million people in need of food assistance in Ethiopia, WFP said supply chain stability was essential to its work, according to the spokesperson.
“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the fighting in the north of the country continues to affect vulnerable people and the delivery of aid,” he said.
“In parts of the Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions, tens of thousands of people are believed to be displaced by fighting and insecurity.
He said there had been no humanitarian convoy movement in Tigray for two weeks, preventing the delivery of supplies, including additional fertilizers for the upcoming planting season.
Bi-weekly UN Humanitarian Air Service flights between Addis Ababa and the Tigray regional capital, Mekelle, have also been suspended.
In eastern and southern Ethiopia, drought continues, with more than 16 million people targeted for humanitarian assistance.
Across Ethiopia, more than 8 million drought-affected people have received food assistance this year, he said.