New York, 20 May 2022 (TDI): The United States (US) Secretary of State, Antony Blinken announced about $215 million in new humanitarian aid. The money will be used to ease the worldwide food issue.
Russia’s assault on Ukraine, and the resulting impact on global markets, has worsened this. The statement was made at the United States’ Global Food Security Call to Action Ministerial Meeting in New York.
Around 768 million people were constantly hungry even before the war began. This new crisis has simply served to worsen an already terrible situation. By the end of the year, as many as 40 million people are expected to be driven into poverty and food insecurity.
Therefore, this additional assistance was provided through the US Agency for International Development provided (USAID). USAID will increase emergency food security activities in a number of nations where food insecurity already exists.
Conflict, drought, and other natural disasters have all contributed to this. Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Yemen are among the countries included. The United States will release a roadmap for the Call to Action on Global Food Security.
This comes on top of the announcement of new humanitarian food aid funds. The outcomes of the ministerial-level meeting will be reflected here. It will lay forth the commitments governments have made to address these issues.
The US has donated about $2.6 billion as emergency food aid since the announcement. This has been the case since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. This includes roughly $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to address the world’s growing food insecurity.
It also includes the remarkable step of USAID and the US Department of Agriculture programming the whole balance of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust. This is part of a $670 million program to give food aid.
Additional US Global Food Insecurity funding
Six countries suffering from extreme food insecurity will receive aid. Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Yemen are among the countries in this group. The US has continued to increase aid in response to the situation.
It is enhancing emergency food aid in countries where there is a high level of food insecurity and price instability. It is also continuing to urge other donors to raise funds in order to prevent the global food crisis from worsening.
It recommends that data analysis be used to forecast the crisis’ possible effects on countries that are already dealing with humanitarian crises.