Ukraine helps feed the world - but its farmers, seeds and future are in danger | Michael Fakhri and Sofia Monsalve
Even in the midst of war, we have to think about recovery. Seeds are what make future life possible. Without seeds, it is very difficult to rebuild a food systemThe war in Ukraine has made the food crisis triggered by the pandemic worse. People in Ukraine not only fear for their lives but are facing possible food shortages. Because Ukraine and Russia are major producers and exporters of agricultural commodities, the conflict is also having major impacts on global supply chains. The Ukrainian government has said that 22m tons of grain are stuck in the country due to the Russian blockade of its ports. Traders and financial speculators have further driven up wheat and cooking oil prices.Not only are Ukrainian farms and fields being destroyed by Russian forces, but we are also very troubled by reports that Ukraine's national seed bank has been partly destroyed amid fighting in Kharkiv in the north-east, where almost 2,000 crop samples rest in underground vaults. If Ukraine's farmers cannot farm and the country's seed banks are destroyed, its future is in peril.Michael Fakhri is UN special rapporteur on the right to food and a professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. Sofia Monsalve is secretary general of the food rights organization Fian International Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian
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