On September 12, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the International Technical Assistance Project Expedite Justice (PEJ) concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation.
The aim of the project is to collect and record evidence of crimes of theft of Ukrainian agricultural products, the food production and distribution civilian infrastructure deliberate destruction, and, as a result, the use of food as a weapon in war, as well as to achieve justice and compensation for victims of Russian aggression.
PEJ and Ukrainian government officials joined their forces to prevent a global food crisis triggered by the Russian naval blockade of Ukrainian ports.
The Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solskyi noted that collection and systematization of information about stolen agricultural products and destroyed infrastructure in Ukraine will help establish the extent of losses and ways of their compensation.
As noted in the Memorandum, the goal is also to establish and operate compensatory measures, including international ones, for Ukraine, in particular, for the victims of the war. Also planned is the development of Methodological recommendations for the reliable collection, storage and verification of information related to food theft, development of a register of materials and informing the public.