The United States government, has announced that it will  provide an additional $215 million in emergency food assistance in Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, among other countries.

This was announced by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, at the UN Security Council’s Ministerial on Food Security yesterday in New York. He said nearly $215 million in additional humanitarian assistance was needed to address the global food security crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine and its corresponding impact on global markets.

Blinken had also met with the foreign affairs ministers of Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania, South Africa, Zambia, and Senegal, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, shortly after the announcement was made.

During the meeting, the senior US diplomat said “any conversation about food security has to focus on what’s happening across Africa,” citing that African nations bear the most burden.

He further stressed that “Russia’s war in Ukraine has also had a major effect.  We had a preexisting condition that’s been significantly exacerbated by this aggression, and an additional 40 million people are believed as a result to be at risk of food insecurity.  We’ve seen global food shortages and rising prices for food, fertilizer, for fuel.  And while people worldwide are now dealing with these shortages and dealing with the high prices, people across Africa, we know, have been hit particularly hard.”

“First, we’re addressing the humanitarian needs caused by the war of aggression against Ukraine.  Just since February, the United States has pledged more than $2.3 billion of food assistance.  And pending final approval from our Congress, we’ll provide more than 5 billion in additional aid, including more than $760 million specifically for global food security.  Plus, today we’re announcing an additional $215 million for emergency food assistance in Algeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mauritania, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya, among other countries,” he added.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has worsened the food security crisis in many African countries, Human Rights Watch said today. Many countries in East, West, Middle, and Southern Africa rely on Russia and Ukraine for a significant percentage of their wheat, fertilizer, or vegetable oils imports. But the war disrupts global commodity markets and trade flows to Africa, increasing already high food prices in the region.

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