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July 24, 2022
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On July 23 in Kenya, Administrator Power started the day traveling north to Turkana County. Throughout the day, the Administrator heard from men and women who have lost all or most of their livestock and livelihoods to the devastating drought. She visited Kachoda Health Dispensary, a health facility that treats sick and malnourished children under five. The Administrator spoke with staff and health experts about how to tackle both the immediate and long-term impacts of the unprecedented drought and food insecurity crisis on children’s nutrition. She also met with mothers who have children suffering from acute malnutrition and who have been treated with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) products that are manufactured in Kenya and purchased through USAID-funding.

July 22, 2022

Today, Administrator Power arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, the first stop on a multi-day trip to East Africa where she will meet with government, civil society, humanitarian, and private sector representatives to discuss the region’s unprecedented drought and speak to Kenyans about the resulting hunger crisis made worse by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

July 22, 2022

The United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing nearly $255 million in additional emergency food and other critical humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Kenya as a historically unprecedented drought pushes more than 4 million people to the edge of starvation. Communities in the Arid and Semi–Arid Land counties of Kenya are experiencing the worst effects of the drought, with farmers losing up to 70 percent of crops and at least 2.4 million livestock deaths reported in May – a significant source of food and income. More than 900,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition and in urgent need of aid to survive. Many families have yet to fully recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other climatic shocks before Russia’s war on Ukraine further exacerbated the hunger crisis with a rise in food, fuel and fertilizer prices. 

July 22, 2022
MEDIA ADVISORY

Administrator Power will travel to India on July 25-27. The Administrator will meet with food security and climate experts, civil society, and government officials to discuss the global food security crisis, and the U.S.-India development partnership.

July 21, 2022

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the U.S. Energy Association (USEA), sponsored the first ever Cyber Resiliency Challenge for six electric power transmission and distribution utilities from five countries across the Balkans region seeking to improve cyber security for critical infrastructure in Europe and Eurasia. Led by experts from the U.S. energy sector, the two-day series of tabletop exercises enabled utilities to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in their systems in preparation for anticipated cyberattacks. A second Cyber Resiliency Challenge will take place later this summer and will include 13 utilities from five countries within the Black Sea region, including those in Ukraine and Moldova. The Cyber Resiliency Challenge has been informed by U.S. energy experts applying the latest “best practices” in defending critical infrastructure from cyber threats.  

July 20, 2022
Press Release

Today, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya announced the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $116 million in additional assistance to respond to needs, including severe food insecurity, in Mozambique.  This funding is in addition to the more than $592 million in humanitarian assistance announced last week in Kampala to support refugees and conflict-affected people across the African continent and the nearly $1.2 billion to provide critical aid for millions of people across the Horn of Africa announced July 18th.

July 19, 2022
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The Administrator congratulated the Prime Minister on Moldova’s successful application for European Union candidate status. She noted that despite the increasing stress placed on Moldova by Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, both the government and people of Moldova have demonstrated tremendous resilience and commitment to further the reforms vital to building a democratic, European future for the country. She also reaffirmed that USAID remains committed to supporting the Moldovan government’s anti-corruption, development, and reform priorities, including expanding access to global markets for Moldovan businesses and generating new economic opportunities for young Moldovans. 

July 19, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has established a $100 million Agriculture Resilience Initiative (AGRI) - Ukraine to bolster Ukrainian agriculture exports and to help alleviate the global food security crisis exacerbated by Putin’s brutal war on Ukraine.  

July 19, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with Abdul Qadir Patel, Federal Health Minister for the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination of Pakistan, to congratulate him on his new role and share appreciation for Pakistan’s robust response to COVID-19. 

July 18, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power delivered an address on the growing global food security crisis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies headquarters, co-hosted by the Eleanor Crook Foundation. The Administrator laid out the severity of the current food crisis, particularly in the Horn of Africa, outlined steps the United States is taking to address global hunger and malnutrition, and emphasized the urgent need for additional action to prevent the crisis from getting much worse.

July 18, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $169 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support people affected by Russia’s war against Ukraine, which has pushed nearly 12 million people from their homes. This funding is in addition to USAID’s ongoing activities supporting the Ukrainian people. USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team has been working since day one of Russia’s unprovoked war to ramp up relief alongside partners to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations, including people who have been forced to flee their homes. 

July 18, 2022
READOUT

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska. The Administrator affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for a sovereign, democratic, and prosperous Ukraine, free and secure in its internationally-recognized borders. She emphasized the United States remains committed to Ukraine’s long-term recovery and development priorities, while also working to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the Ukrainian people. 

July 18, 2022
Press Release

An unprecedented drought in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia—part of a region known as the Horn of Africa—is pushing millions of people to the brink of starvation. More than 18 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, primarily as a result of the drought. In response, Administrator Samantha Power announced today that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing nearly $1.3 billion in additional critical humanitarian and development assistance to help stave off mass starvation and deaths.

July 18, 2022
Media Advisory

From July 22 through July 24, Administrator Samantha Power will travel to East Africa, a region where an unprecedented drought is pushing millions to the brink of starvation and where food insecurity is being further exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

July 18, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an initial $100,000 in immediate humanitarian assistance to Cabo Verde in response to widespread food insecurity resulting from the compounding effects of years of drought, the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing inflation and supply constraints from Russia’s war against Ukraine.

July 15, 2022
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Today, Administrator Power hosted a roundtable discussion with USAID implementing partners providing humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected communities in northern Ethiopia.

July 15, 2022
Press Release

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $15 million in additional humanitarian assistance for vulnerable Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, in response to rising food insecurity in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

July 15, 2022
Press Release

President Joseph R. Biden announced two new USAID grants under the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA) Partnership for Peace Fund during his visit to Israel and the West Bank.

July 15, 2022
Press Release

The United States is providing more than $82 million in new humanitarian assistance in Uganda  through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State.

July 14, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. The Administrator congratulated the Prime Minister on the success of the recent international recovery conference. They discussed ways in which Ukraine can harness the private sector to help meet essential needs and leverage finite resources to maximize the impact of international support as they develop recovery plans.

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Last updated: August 10, 2022

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