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With Ukraine farmers on frontlines, UN food chief warns of 'devastation'

"It's not just decimating dynamically Ukraine and the region, but it will have global context impact beyond anything we've seen since World War Two," WFP Executive Director David Beasley told the 15-member United Nations Security Council.

March 30, 2022 / 06:06 AM IST
Rank 8 | Country: Israel | Index scores for food security environment: 78 (Image: Reuters)

Rank 8 | Country: Israel | Index scores for food security environment: 78 (Image: Reuters)

The U.N. food chief warned on Tuesday that the war in Ukraine was threatening to devastate the World Food Programme's efforts to feed some 125 million people globally because Ukraine had gone "from the breadbasket of the world to breadlines."

"It's not just decimating dynamically Ukraine and the region, but it will have global context impact beyond anything we've seen since World War Two," WFP Executive Director David Beasley told the 15-member United Nations Security Council.

Beasley said 50% of the grain bought by the WFP, the food-assistance branch of the United Nations, comes from Ukraine, "so you can only assume the devastation that this is going to have on our operations alone."

"The farmers are on the frontlines," he said.