This week, at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany, President Joe Biden pledged $2.76 billion in additional US government resources to protect the world’s most vulnerable people from the escalating global crisis. food security exacerbated by unprovoked and unwarranted Russian invasion of Ukraine and severe drought. in the Horn of Africa region. This commitment represents more than half of the more than $4.5 billion in additional resources that G7 leaders pledged to address global food security at the Summit. This funding will support efforts in more than 47 countries and regional organizations, saving lives through emergency response and mitigating further increases in poverty, hunger and malnutrition in vulnerable countries affected by high prices food, fertilizer and fuel. The funds pledged today will bring the total U.S. investment in the global food security crisis to $5.56 billion since Russia began its new invasion of Ukraine.
GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN AID
With this funding, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide an additional $2 billion for direct food assistance, as well as related health, nutrition, protection and water, sanitation and hygiene in countries with high levels of acute food insecurity. , dependence on Russian and Ukrainian imports and vulnerability to price shocks. This funding includes support for countries hosting refugee populations and countries in the Horn of Africa facing a perfect storm of historic drought, COVID-19, and global food and fertilizer price shocks that threaten up to to 20 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. .
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
President Biden also announced that the United States is expanding Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global food security initiative, led by USAID, to eight new countries, including those vulnerable to the effects of the invasion. Russian from Ukraine. The expansion brings the list of priority countries from 12 to 20. The new target countries are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. These countries will be our closest partners in harnessing the power of agriculture to drive economic growth and transform food systems, even as Feed the Future programming continues to improve the lives of people around the world.
President Biden also announced $760 million in additional funding to combat the effects of rising food, fuel and fertilizer prices – now driven by Putin’s war – in the countries that need it most. . USAID will use these resources to support Feed the Future and implement the US government’s strategy to mitigate the crisis. Of these resources, $640 million will support targeted bilateral agriculture and food security programs to build agricultural capacity and resilience in more than 40 of the most vulnerable countries – Ukraine, as well as 24 countries and regions in Africa, 10 countries in Asia, 6 countries and regional presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 6 countries in the Middle East. These investments will address urgent global fertilizer shortages, purchase resilient seeds, alleviate fertilizer price shortages, strengthen social safety nets for hungry and malnourished families, and avoid food and humanitarian crises in the most vulnerable countries. The balance – $120 million – will help fund multilateral efforts to leverage donor investments that help vulnerable countries build resilience to shocks, strengthen social safety nets, address supply chain issues and climate impacts for food security close to the environment.