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: December 06, 2022

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

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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.

May 5, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing nearly $387 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine amid the Russian Federation’s war – an unprovoked aggression that has triggered staggering displacement and humanitarian need.

May 4, 2022

Today, Administrator Power met with Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Solskyi to discuss USAID’s ongoing support for Ukrainian agriculture, and the current challenges Ukraine is facing in exporting grain due to Putin’s unprovoked war. The two discussed how the Kremlin’s brutal war of choice against Ukraine has sparked a global food crisis and has been tremendously destructive to Ukraine’s agricultural sector, an integral part of Ukraine’s economy. Administrator Power affirmed that USAID will work with Ukraine and the international community to find solutions to facilitate the export of Ukrainian produce in response to Russia’s blockage of ports on the Black Sea. The two spoke about the negative ripple effects of these port blockages across the agricultural supply chain from planting, to processing, to export of current and future harvests.