The European Commission notes that the EU’s food security is not currently at risk. But the community authorities want to help other countries and regions – for example Ukraine. One component of the assistance is the supply of fuel to Ukrainian farmers from Poland.
The European Commission today announced a strategy to support food security around the world. As we wrote in previous articles, Ukraine and Russia are major exporters of food, especially grains, seeds and oils. African countries, in particular, rely heavily on supplies from Ukraine.
These deliveries may be at risk this year as hostilities in the country threaten the agricultural plan’s schedule. In addition, Ukrainians need fuel to operate agricultural machinery. Even if they manage to sow and harvest grain in this growing season, most of their exports are by sea – while the Black Sea is surrounded by the Russians.
All this means that analysts have pointed to the potential for very significant disruptions to global supply chains and a threat to global food security. But the European Commission will help Ukraine to overcome these difficulties – said EU Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechovsky during the conference on March 23.
– Ukrainian farmers need tens of thousands of tons of fuel in this growing season. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced his readiness to deliver fuel to Ukrainian farmers from Poland, Which will be easier in terms of logistics Wojciechowski noted.
The supplies will be financed by the European Union.
– Ports overlooking the Baltic Sea will also be provided to Ukrainian farmers – added.
These two forms of aid form part of a larger EU package, which includes financial and material aid to Ukraine and other countries, and the inclusion of the possibility of farming in areas hitherto excluded from EU agricultural activities.
The European Union will help maintain food security in the world
Janusz Wojciechowski presented the proposed actions at the conference on the European Commission’s new strategy to increase global food security.
The plan does not focus directly on the situation in the EU countries – the group is self-sufficient in terms of food, as the European Commission points out. But food security, for example in sub-Saharan Africa, may be threatened this year by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. That is why the EU will increase its production capacity, while at the same time supporting EU farmers, who may face difficulties due to the high prices of fuel, fertilizer and energy.
What does the EU plan cover? It will certainly be humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The support program for this country will be worth 330 million euros.
– We will not allow Ukraine to stand alone in the face of Russian aggression. Our priority is to provide the Ukrainians with sufficient food, fuel and water. We will also help them grow and grow grains and oilseeds, which we and the world so badly need, and we will facilitate their export. Wojciechowski noted.
He added that all indications are that Russia is deliberately destroying Ukraine’s food resources and using starvation as a weapon in this war.
– Our observations show that this may be Russia’s direct goal to create a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine – Wojciechowski noted.
In addition, the EU will increase its humanitarian assistance to the regions and population groups most affected by food insecurity. In the years 2021-2024, the European Union will allocate at least 2.5 billion euros for this.
When it comes to working within the European Union, the Commission:
- It will allow member states to reduce value-added tax rates on certain goods and will encourage economic operators to reduce retail prices,
- It will launch a €500 million support package that member states will be able to use to help farmers,
- farmers will also receive more advances for direct payments and funds for rural development – it is about subsidies to farmers (however, these changes will take effect only from the fall, starting from October 16, 2022),
- Fertilizer prices will be monitored.
However, the most significant change is the possibility of cultivation in areas previously excluded from this. In wastelands or barren lands, it will be possible to grow crops for food and fodder without losing the right of farmers to receive funds for leaving this soil uncultivated.
– This will increase the production capacity of the European Union, despite the limited availability of fertile land Refers to the European Union.
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We have also prepared a useful file, brief graph Provide various forms of aid, verified aid and fundraising organizations (English version of the chart below is available at this link).