Kenya is one of the nations that will have its share of the 25,000 tonnes of grain that Ukraine is sending to East Africa.
Ukraine has said it plans to send more than 60 ships to Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Kenya, Yemen, and other countries.
The first grain Shipment as part of Ukraine’s initiative to help those in need landed in Djibouti on Monday for delivery to Ethiopia, which is nearby and experiencing the worst drought in decades.
The embassy of Ukraine in Ethiopia has confirmed that the 25,000 tons of “Grain from Ukraine” shipment is independent of a United Nations World Food Program initiative that has supported grain exports from Ukraine for humanitarian purposes.
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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last month announced the initiative aimed at helping “countries the most struck by the food crisis.”
According to a statement from the embassy, a third ship is currently being loaded with 25,000 tons of wheat with a destination of Somalia, while a second ship carrying 30,000 tons of wheat will depart for Ethiopia the next week.
Thousands of people are suffering from the ongoing drought in Kenya as many counties have been hit.
This comes in the backdrop of the government partnering with the private sector to form a drought crisis committee.