Head of the World Food Program UN David Beasley said that the world needs Russian grain and fertilizers, regardless of attitude to RF. About it informs RIA News.
According to Beasley, it doesn’t matter if “Russia is loved or not”, the main thing is the fight against the food crisis.
In July, Russia and Ukraine agreed to resume the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea ports. Turkey and the UN acted as guarantors of the grain deal. Moscow, among other things, received guarantees for the export of its own grain and fertilizers (it should not be subject to sanctions).
At the end of October, after the attack of Ukrainian drones on Russian ships in Sevastopol, the Russian Federation suspended participation in the deal, but then returned to it, Ankara helped to resolve the situation.
The grain deal is valid for 120 days (until November 19 with the possibility of extension).
To Russia account for 17 percent of all world grain supplies. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine together produce a third of the wheat grown in the world.
According to experts, the 45 poorest African countries and many other developing countries import grain mainly from Ukraine and Russia. The UN feared that due to the Ukrainian crisis, food prices could jump by 20 percent.
Chapter World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that the Ukrainian crisis could lead to food riots in the poorest countries in Africa and the Middle East.