July 2019, Krasne, Ukraine: Combine reloads wheat into the bunker for further transportation during the harvest. ©FAO/Anatolii Stepanov.

War in Ukraine: FAO renews appeal to bolster agriculture and provide urgent support to vulnerable rural households


Over $115 million urgently needed to assist Ukrainian farmers and rural households through December 2022

Some $115.4 million are urgently needed to prevent a further deterioration of the food insecurity situation and worsening of the disruption of food supply chains in Ukraine. There is urgency to support Ukrainian farmers in planting vegetables and potatoes during this spring season, and farmers should be allowed and supported to go to their fields and save the winter wheat harvest, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today.

With this Plan, in line with the revised Inter-Agency Flash Appeal, FAO has more than doubled its initial request of $50 million to support 376 660 small- and medium-sized farming households or almost one million people through December 2022.

“As food access, production and overall food availability deteriorate in many parts of Ukraine as a result of the war, efforts to bolster agricultural production and the functioning of food supply chains will be critical to averting a food crisis in 2022 and into 2023,” said Rein Paulsen, FAO Director of Emergencies and Resilience. “FAO’s immediate concern is to support the ongoing spring planting season and to prevent the disruption of the upcoming winter crop harvesting, which typically occurs in June-July, and could severely threaten food security in the country. Agriculture depends on seasons. There is no time to waste to get ready for the upcoming fall season.”

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