USAID’s Global Food Security Response

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Two farmers working in the field, picking ‘mloukhieh’ leaves in Ghor As-Safi, Jordan. Photo Credit: Mohammad Magayda, USAID Jordan Mission

Due to COVID-19 and climate change, the world was already experiencing some of the worst levels of food insecurity in modern history. Now, with Putin’s unjustified attack on Ukraine causing reverberating impacts on global food, fuel, and fertilizer supplies, the world is facing a colossal hunger crisis. USAID is responding to the growing emergency by addressing immediate supply disruptions to fulfill humanitarian needs, and through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, investing in medium and long-term efforts to increase investments in agricultural capacity and resilience, mitigate the global fertilizer shortage, and work with partners across the world to support the most vulnerable affected communities.

Last updated: June 13, 2022

May 23, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke at the first public meeting of members of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), as the world is facing an unprecedented food security crisis. The Board was recently appointed by President Biden in January 2022. BIFAD advises USAID on agriculture and higher education issues pertinent to food insecurity in developing countries.

May 19, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with leaders from philanthropic organizations to discuss the evolving global food security crisis, the exacerbating impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition, and the U.S. Government’s response plan.

May 18, 2022

At the Global Food Security Call to Action Ministerial Meeting convened by the United States today in New York, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced nearly $215 million in additional humanitarian assistance to address the global food security crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine and its corresponding impact on global markets. Even before the war began, approximately 768 million people were chronically hungry. This new crisis has only made an already dire situation significantly worse, with as many as 40 million people projected to be pushed into poverty and food insecurity through the end of the year.

May 16, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with food security experts from leading think tanks and academic institutions to discuss the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition and the U.S. government’s response efforts to the global food crisis.

May 12, 2022

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Kenya Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Harry Kimtai, Tanzania Minister of Agriculture Hussein Mohamed Bashe, and Zambia Ministry of Agriculture Director of Policy and Planning Peggy Mulewa, to discuss the food security impacts of Russia’s war on Ukraine in their countries, plans to address these new shocks, and ways in which USAID and the international community can help.