It is finally happening — but slowly. The grain trade in Ukraine is grinding into life with support from big traders and aid cargoes that will make their way to countries with insecure food supplies.

Wheat, corn and oilseeds from the country cannot be exported soon enough. Millions of people are at risk of famine this year, particularly in East Africa, where drought has decimated harvests.

Fourteen laden bulkers have left Ukraine over the past two weeks, but until now these have been ships that were stranded in the country as war broke out.