“It is Russia’s war that is increasing food insecurity, and only Russia can end it,” Biden said, stressing that several countries continue to export food and fertilizers thanks to the sanctions imposed on Russia.
Nearly 120 million more people will be food insecure this year in 77 low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a recent report by the US Department of Agriculture. .
According to the report, which is published annually, a total of 1.3 billion people will be food insecure in the countries analyzed this year, an increase of almost 10% over 2021.
Billions in US aid this year
The aid announced by Biden on Wednesday adds to the $6.9 billion the US is committing to global food security this year, the administration said.
About $2 trillion in additional funds will go to global humanitarian aid through the U.S. Agency for International Development, known as USAID. It will provide food and nutrition assistance, drinking water, health care and other assistance.
The remaining money will be used to support small farmers and school children, as well as to fund other food security efforts.
The outlook for food insecurity is expected to improve by 2032 as economic growth improves, according to the USDA report. According to forecasts, about 577 million people will be food insecure in the countries analyzed at that time, a decrease of almost 57%.