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.

Watch USAID Administrator Power on the State of Global Food Security and Nutrition

Last updated: August 15, 2022

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

That world once seemed so very near. In ten years, from 2005 to 2015, the number of people going to bed hungry each night fell by nearly 30 percent, from around 805 million down to still too many, but nonetheless down substantially, to 590 million. Think about what not going to bed hungry meant for those individuals involved.

July 18, 2022

This morning, Administrator Power delivered a speech on the global food crisis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), co-hosted by the Eleanor Crook Foundation. The speech followed the Administrator's trips to Zambia and Malawi where she met with local farmers, agri business leaders and government officials to discuss the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on food security and nutrition in the region.

July 18, 2022

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.