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.

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Last updated: November 29, 2022

October 19, 2022

There are many culprits behind today’s food crisis, you know them well. The COVID-19 pandemic grinding economies to a halt, splintered supply chains, causing huge spikes in inflation, everywhere it seems. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, holding hostage global supplies of food, fertilizer, and fuel, denying food to the world’s poorest communities – and that’s one of the many conflicts actually that is contributing to hunger around the globe.

October 19, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power called for an acceleration and expansion of agricultural innovation and investment as a critical pillar of addressing current and future global food crises and announced new USAID initiatives to improve agricultural production around the world, strengthen resilience, and address the root causes of hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. 

October 19, 2022

Today, USAID Administrator Samantha Power and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack released the U.S. government’s Global Food Security Research Strategy, underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition and building medium to long-term sustainable resilient food systems.

October 16, 2022

This World Food Day, the world faces a global food security crisis of historic proportions. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deepening climate crisis, spiking prices for energy, food and fertilizer, and armed conflicts, including Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, have plunged millions into unprecedented levels of hunger and malnutrition.

October 12, 2022

Thank you so much. And thank you for having me here. Food security and addressing hunger is such an important issue personally, to me, and I know for Administrator Power too. USAID has been on the frontlines of trying to address food security issues for many, many years. And after the last food crisis when we stood up Feed the Future, I think we saw some very promising signs of progress, real investments in food systems to help countries be more resilient and more secure in terms of being able to produce their own food.