Administrator Samantha Power’s Intervention G-7 Ministerial Sustainable Recovery Session Part 2(c): Famine and Food Security

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

As Prepared

As has been a recurring theme in our discussions, the secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are setting back progress across the board—especially in food security. But even apart from the pandemic, the United States is deeply concerned about the scale and urgency of acute food insecurity around the world today.

Ethiopians in the Tigray region are on the brink of starvation. Thousands of Yemenis are at risk of death, as the country faces the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. South Sudan is perennially at risk of facing famine, and we are seeing a deteriorating food security situation in northeast Nigeria.

We need urgent, collective action to put an end to their suffering. The worst part is, these are all man-made disasters. People are not hungry because there is a shortage of food. They are hungry because political leaders and bad actors have decided that power struggles are more important than the well-being of their citizens. Those involved in conflict are driving people to the edge of famine.

This is why the United States supports the Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crises Compact. Our food assistance is only a stopgap. We need diplomatic action to end conflict and facilitate humanitarian access to people in need.

As the world’s largest donor of emergency food assistance, the United States remains steadfastly committed to preventing famine. And we can't just focus on famine. For the first time in over a decade, chronic hunger and malnutrition are on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We support efforts to urge additional donor countries and non-traditional donors to address food insecurity and malnutrition through both humanitarian and long-term development efforts.

Last updated: September 15, 2021

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