The following is attributable to spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:
Today, Administrator Samantha Power sat down with leaders of philanthropic organizations to discuss the evolving global food security crisis, the exacerbated impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition, and the US government’s response plan.
Leaders included Catherine Bertini of the Rockefeller Foundation, Will Moore and Kim Cernak of the Eleanor Crook Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou of the Dangote Foundation, Rodger Voorhies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Anna Hakobyan and Chris Hohn of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.
Administrator Power described the significant steps taken by the US government to respond to the immediate and long-term impacts on global food security and nutrition of rising food, fuel and fertilizer prices, which have resulted from shocks aggravated, in particular Russia’s war against Ukraine. She reiterated USAID’s continued commitment to addressing immediate humanitarian needs and near-term threats to agricultural production and the global food supply, as well as food security, nutrition, and resilience to longer term.
Participants discussed what their organizations are doing to strengthen food systems and safeguard nutritional outcomes, especially for the most vulnerable. They discussed the impact of food security on children and strategies to address severe wasting among children, the impact of worsening fertilizer shortages on agricultural yields and ways to solve longer-term structural problems by getting food to the most vulnerable. The group is committed to strengthening its collaboration and coordination to respond to the current crisis.