FACT SHEET: At the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden announces $2.9 billion in additional funding to boost global food security

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Today, in his address to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced more than $2.9 billion in new assistance from the U.S. government to combat the global food insecurity. President Biden’s announcement builds on the $6.9 billion in US government assistance to support global food security already committed this year.

The cumulative effects of the pandemic, worsening climate crisis, rising energy and fertilizer costs, and protracted conflicts – including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – have disrupted supply chains. global supplies and dramatically increased global food prices. A years-long drought in the Horn of Africa has created a severe humanitarian emergency, with parts of Somalia at risk of famine for the second time in just over a decade. This new announcement of $2.9 billion will save lives through emergency response and invest in medium to long-term food security assistance to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations from worsening global food security crisis.

Yesterday the United States convened a global food security summit co-chaired by Secretary of State Antony Blinken with leaders of the European Union, African Union and Spain, and co-hosted with Germany , Nigeria, Indonesia and Colombia, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly High Level Week. The World Summit on Food Security reaffirmed the commitment of world leaders to urgent and large-scale action to address the urgent global food crisis and avert extreme hunger for hundreds of millions of people around the world. President Biden will also convene the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health on September 28 to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease here at home.

Today, President Biden announced the following additional investments humanitarian aid and vital food security this year:

Global Humanitarian Assistance: President Biden announced an additional $2 billion in global humanitarian assistance through USAID. This funding will help save lives in countries facing food security crises, including through food and nutrition assistance, healthcare, clean water, protection of the most vulnerable and other life-saving relief. This funding increases emergency food security programs in countries most affected by the pandemic, climate crisis, rising food prices and supply chain constraints resulting from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Global development aid: President Biden also announced $783 million in global development assistance funding, including:

  • $140 million in new development funding, subject to congressional notification, to accelerate last-mile delivery of agricultural tools, technologies, and production methods that will help smallholder farmers increase their productivity, efficiency, and their income. This funding will go to the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative to scale rapid response for smallholder systems in sub-Saharan Africa through the new Accelerated Innovation Delivery initiative. This will help small-scale producers, small and medium agricultural enterprises and national partners maintain food production in the face of volatile global commodity prices and disrupted supply chains.
  • $220 million, through the United States Department of Agriculture, for eight new school feeding projects that are expected to benefit nearly one million children in food-insecure countries in Africa and East Asia. Funds are awarded through the international McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition program.
  • $178 million, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for seven international development projects on four continents to support U.S. government priorities, including promoting climate-smart agriculture, facilitating trade and addressing the root causes of migration in Central America. The funds are awarded through the Food for Progress program, through which the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service partners with nongovernmental organizations and foreign governments on projects that help developing countries strengthen their agricultural systems and to increase their commercial capacity.
  • Through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the US government and the government of Malawi will also sign a new compact for Malawi later this month. This pact includes a $245 million Accelerated Growth Corridors project, which sets out an ambitious agenda to reduce transport costs and better connect goods, farms and rural people to markets.

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP): President Biden announced that the United States had contributed $150 million to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, enabling the first new call for proposals since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. contribution will encourage other donors, both governmental, multilateral, and philanthropic groups, to match and announce additional commitments in support of the GAFSP appeal. Given the scale of the challenge, the United States believes that we can only overcome global food insecurity by working together to create innovative partnerships with international financial institutions, international organizations, and other key stakeholders. . Through the appeal, GAFSP will allow us to collaboratively address the most urgent needs of the growing food security crisis.

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