- Many states in the Middle East and Africa rely on cheap wheat from Ukraine.
- The war in Ukraine halted the transport of much-needed grain and contributed to a food crisis.
- On Sunday, a mission to Lebanon that was part of a wartime deal was delayed.
The first grain ship to leave a Ukrainian port bound for Lebanon as part of a wartime deal has been delayed. Associated Press mentionted.
The ship carrying the grain was due to arrive around 10am on Sunday at the port of Tripoli, Lebanon. It is unclear what is causing the delay and the ship is currently anchored in the Mediterranean Sea near Turkey.
The ship is carrying about 26,000 tons of corn for chicken feed, the AP reported.
Many countries in the Middle East and Africa they depend on Ukraine for cheap wheat. As the war in Ukraine prevented the shipment of much-needed wheat, prices around the world rose.
Ukraine is considered the the “bread basket” of the world and Russia and Ukraine together account for nearly a third of world wheat exports.
Russia and Ukraine signed a UN-backed deal on July 22 to allow grain exports from blockaded Black Sea ports, helping to avoid “a food shortage disaster for millions around the world.”
The delayed shipment comes as Lebanon faces significant food insecurity as food prices rise. The AP reported that Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis in modern history, and an estimated 75 percent of the country’s population lives in poverty.
The value of the Lebanese pound has fallen by over 90%. This comes two years later a huge explosion in the port of Beirut destroyed the country’s main grain silos. A section of the silos collapsed last week.