Biden commits $2.9 billion in humanitarian aid to bolster global food security

President Joe Biden will announce that the United States will provide $2.9 billion in humanitarian funding to help alleviate a global food crisis.

Biden is expected to elaborate on the various investments during his Wednesday morning address to the United Nations General Assembly. The president and senior administration officials have consistently highlighted the war in Ukraine, climate change and complications from the coronavirus pandemic as major stressors on the global food supply.

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The bulk of U.S. engagement takes place at USAID, where $2 billion will be allocated to “help save lives in countries facing food security crises, including through food and nutrition assistance, health care, clean water, protection of the most vulnerable and other life-saving relief.”

Biden also plans to announce $140 million in new development funds for the U.S. government’s Feed the Future program in sub-Saharan Africa, $220 million to set up eight “school feeding projects” in Africa and East through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education. and Child Nutrition Program, $178 million for the Department of Agriculture’s Food For Progress program to facilitate “climate-smart agriculture” and trade in Central America, and a 245 million Accelerated Growth Corridors project million dollars in Malawi.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that Biden would further call on countries to remove “export bans and hoarding so that there is a better food supply in the global market and that overall prices go down.

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“Because the impacts of climate change on farmland in many countries in many parts of the world are significant and severe, and through a combination of technology and adaptation, we believe we can help protect these lands so that we can continue to get the level of food production needed to reduce global food insecurity,” Sullivan added. discourse on global food security.”

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