USDA and USAID to contribute $700M towards food security in Africa

In a statement the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said, they will contribute around $700 million in total to international food security efforts.

The funds will go to emergency food operations in Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Yemen.

Of the $700 million, $282 million will come from the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust (BEHT), which is co-managed by the agencies.

“USDA will additionally provide $388 million for transportation, shipping, and other costs,” said the agency.

“Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine, a fellow major agricultural export country, is driving food and energy costs higher for people around the world,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

In March 2022, members of the Senate Hunger Caucus had called on the USDA and on the USAID to draw upon funds from the BEHT, which it had not done since 2014, after the United Nations’ World Food Programme predicted dire global famine resulting from the Ukraine-Russian conflict.

Russia and Ukraine together account for around a quarter of the world’s wheat exports. The war is leading to a “staggering global food crisis,” said USAID Administrator Samantha Power.



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