The current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine has deeply touched everyone. As we all look for an end to this meaningless conflict, the violence and population displacement has created a tremendous need for international support.
In solidarity with those affected by the situation, Alberta Pork’s board of directors has chosen to make a $10,000 financial contribution to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, in support of efforts to keep Ukrainians safe.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragedy in Ukraine,” said Brent Moen, Chair, Alberta Pork. “Peace must prevail to encourage stability and the spirit of cooperation between neighbours.”
Alberta and Ukraine have many connections culturally. Waves of Ukrainian immigrants arrived in Alberta starting in the late 19th century, and many of those immigrants established homesteads to continuing producing the crops and livestock they were familiar with in Ukraine. Today, Ukrainian-Canadian farmers continue to proudly produce food for Canadians and the world.
Ending the humanitarian crisis continues to be the priority, but additional challenges have also been created within the international agri-food industry. Russia's attack on Ukraine will cost producers when it comes to grain, fuel and fertilizer. Disruptions to production and exports will restrict supply and increase prices in these markets, which will impact all farmers and worsen food price inflation and availability for consumers globally.