U.S. President Joe Biden has listed a number of countries set to benefit from the food subsidy under the American government’s Feed the Future Expansion programme.
The countries listed include; Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. The exercise is under the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative aimed at reaching new countries and intensify efforts to directly address and mitigate the impacts of recent shocks to global food security and nutrition.
“These countries were prioritized based on a combination of underlying food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition, including impacts from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as the opportunity – and each government’s commitment – to tackle these deep-rooted issues in partnership with us”, said the U.S. Embassy.
Feed the Future’s global footprint
In these countries, the U.S. government takes a coordinated approach to its investments and in turn, paves the way for further resources and investments from other actors, such as the private sector, donors and local governments.
“This expands Feed the Future’s global footprint from 12 to 20 target countries and delivers on President Biden’s commitment in September 2021 of $5 billion over five years to end global hunger and malnutrition and build sustainable, resilient food systems.”
Feed the Future programming responds to each country’s level of need and harnesses the power of agriculture to drive economic growth and transform food systems in the country and the region. To respond to the global food security crisis, Feed the Future is focusing on four major lines of effort: mitigating the global fertilizer shortage, increasing investments in agricultural capacity and resilience, cushioning the macroeconomic shock and impact on poor people, and sustaining high-level global political engagement.