US Launches Program to Support Ukrainian Farmers Affected by War

The United States government has launched a $100 million program to enable support for Ukrainian farmers that have been affected by Russia’s invasion.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of the Agriculture Resilience Initiative (AGRI) on Tuesday, which will provide Ukrainian farmers with $100 million worth of essential supplies in order to preserve current and future harvests.

“AGRI-Ukraine will target Ukraine’s immediate agricultural export challenges, while also simultaneously supporting the wider needs of Ukraine’s agriculture sector and bolstering Ukraine’s continued production of agricultural commodities through 2023,” said USAID.

Due to Russia’s invasion, Ukraine, which is globally the fourth largest exporter of corn and fifth largest exporter of wheat, has largely been unable to export its agricultural exports.

Before the onset of the Russian invasion, Ukraine exported 5–6 million metric tons of grain each month.

A large percentage of Ukrainian farms have been turned into battlegrounds, and farmers who have managed to maintain their harvests have been unable to obtain machinery and other essential supplies like fertilizer, seeds, and storage bins that would ordinarily arrive through Black Sea ports.

According to USAID, the AGRI-Ukraine will provide Ukrainian farmers with “Access to critical agricultural inputs including seeds, fertilizer, equipment, and pesticides.” 

In order to increase the AGRI-Ukraine fund, USAID will also attempt to get an additional $150 million from donors and the business sector.

USAID expressed that their current efforts will “Bolster the entire agricultural sector, safeguarding this major economic engine for future generations of Ukrainians.”

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