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Martin Griffiths (OCHA) on the impact of the war…

Martin Griffiths (OCHA) on the impact of the war and mine crisis in Ukraine.

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Message by Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on the impact of the war and mine crisis in Ukraine.
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Ukraine's vast agricultural land faces extensive contamination, threatening its economic sustainability and raising concerns of a food crisis by disrupting the food supply chain. Ukraine is now among the most heavily mine-contaminated countries globally, with an estimated one-third of its territory suspected to have some form of contamination. The ongoing war has damaged Ukraine's agriculture and food production, increasing production costs.

The "Humanitarian Demining in Ukraine and its Consequences for Food Security" meeting, co-convened by Italy and Ukraine, aimed to tackle the urgent issue of mine contamination in Ukraine due to ongoing conflicts. The objectives were to outline Ukraine's demining needs, emphasize the severity of mine contamination, and advocate for a comprehensive mine action plan covering funding, equipment, and training. Additionally, the meeting provided insights into effective demining strategies and showcased the latest developments in Ukraine's Mine Action Response, highlighting the crucial connection between demining efforts and food security by addressing the impact of mines on agricultural productivity.

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