Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has significantly disrupted the Ukrainian agriculture sector and threatened global food security. Russian forces have stolen grain from Ukrainian silos, laid mines in agricultural areas, and cut power to farms and businesses. While parallel agreements with the United Nations and Turkey helped reopen Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, Russia’s harassment of Ukrainian ships has slowed grain exports to the developing world, causing global food prices to rise and hampering one of Ukraine’s key economic engines. At the same time, Ukrainian companies have responded by opening new shipping routes on the Danube River to evade Russian ships and reach global grain markets.

How can the Ukrainian agriculture sector overcome the challenges posed by Russia’s war? How does continued uncertainty impact Black Sea exports of Ukrainian grain? What can the West do to better support Ukraine’s agriculture and shipping sectors under threat from Russia?

Peter Dickinson, editor of the Atlantic Council’s UkraineAlert blog, moderates a conversation with Aivaras Abromavičius, former minister of economy and trade of Ukraine, Admiral (Ret.) James Foggo, dean of the Center for Maritime Strategy, Dr. Hanna Shelest, director of security programs at Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and editor-in-chief at UA: Ukraine Analytica, and Andriy Vadatursky, chief executive officer of Ukrainian agriculture company Nibulon, on how the West can support Ukraine’s agriculture and shipping sectors.


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