Ambassador Kip Tom Assesses Humanitarian Response to Beirut Explosion

Ambassador Kip Tom visited Beirut, Lebanon in early October to view the damage caused by the massive explosion in Beirut’s port, and assess the humanitarian response.  The United States is working with the World Food Program (WFP) to help meet the food security needs of the most vulnerable communities in Lebanon  during these very difficult …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People

At today’s fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey announced more than $696 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria in response to the ongoing crisis caused by the Assad regime, Russian, and Iranian …

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Agricultural biotech makes farms more productive

Farmers around the world are using advances in agricultural science to increase crop yields, reduce the need for pesticides and feed hungry communities. In Nigeria, for example, the government recently recommended the first strain of genetically engineered cowpea for commercial use, which was developed by Nigeria’s Institute for Agricultural Research at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, …

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USAID’S ONGOING DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES AND COVID-19 ASSISTANCE RESPONSE IN AFRICA

Today we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Kenneth Staley, U.S. Agency for International Development, Global Malaria Coordinator and leader of the USAID COVID-19 Task Force, and Mr. Christopher Runyan, USAID Senior Coordinator for the Bureau for Africa. Our speakers will discuss USAID’s ongoing development priorities and COVID-19 assistance response in Africa.  They are …

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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN AID FOR THE PEOPLE OF YEMEN

This assistance, provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will fund the emergency food operation of the World Food Programme (WFP) in southern Yemen, as well as a reduced operation in northern Yemen, where Houthi obstruction forced the WFP to scale down in April 2020.  

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U.S. helps counter COVID-19 outbreaks in Middle East and North Africa

The United States is providing more than $110 million to help countries in the Middle East and North Africa fight COVID-19, including Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, as well as the West Bank. The funding will improve disease detection and prevention, bolster lab capacity and treat patients. In addition, the United States is partnering …

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Secretary of State Pompeo Announces Additional COVID-19 U.S. Foreign Assistance

Today I can confirm that we are prepared to commit an additional $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to further boost response efforts worldwide.  That’s on top of the roughly $274 million in funding we’ve already deployed to 64 countries across the globe.  No country can match this level of generosity. The new …

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Taking on a billion locusts in the Greater Horn of Africa

In March, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance to control the worst desert locust infestation in decades in the Greater Horn of Africa. This brings to $19 million the total amount the U.S. government has provided to the fight against the billions of locusts swarming in …

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U.S. Statement at the Opening of the February 2019 WFP Executive Board

Executive Director Beasley, as you have consistently reminded the world, the number of people who are hungry, malnourished, and suffering from conflict continues to rise.  We applaud your unstinting efforts and your willingness to take — as you did in Yemen — a strong and principled stand to best ensure that relief is directed and …

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The United States Supports the Venezuelan People with Humanitarian Assistance – Fact Sheet

RECOGNIZING THE REGIONAL HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: Former President Nicolas Maduro’s systematic economic mismanagement, corruption, and violent oppression have caused severe shortages of food and medicine and needless human suffering, resulting in an exodus of millions of Venezuelans to neighboring countries.

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THE U.S. ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Today, the U.S. government announced nearly $67 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the DRC Humanitarian Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. With the assistance announced today, the United States is providing food, protection, shelter, health care, and other urgent aid for vulnerable Congolese and …

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USAID and FAO Working Together to Pre-empt the Next Global Pandemic

A United States-FAO partnership working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals has in just 12 months succeeded in training over 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The FAO-provided technical trainings covered a gamut of key competencies, including disease …

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U.S. ANNOUNCES $169 MILLION IN NEW HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR ETHIOPIA AND KENYA

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release August 3, 2017   PRESS RELEASE U.S. Announces $169 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance for Ethiopia and Kenya Today the United States announced more than $169 million in humanitarian assistance to support those in Ethiopia and Kenya who are experiencing the effects of prolonged …

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CASH-FOR-TRAINING SUPPORTS VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN SOUTH SUDAN

Nutrition and entrepreneurship training helps families stay healthy and build businesses “The cash we receive has helped me a lot. When I receive the money, I buy food and sugar for the family, and it has supplemented my modest income from plaiting women’s hair.” July 2017—For one week each month, Clementina Peter Loku, a 56-year-old …

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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $639 MILLION ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FOOD INSECURITY AND VIOLENCE

Today, the United States announced nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to over $1.8 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.

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Facing Famine

IMAGINE if every single person in Florida, the 3rd largest state in the United States, teetered on the brink of famine. That’s what’s happening in four countries — South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen — where more than 20 million people are at risk of starvation. Conflict is driving the crises in these four countries. This violence, in addition to drought in Somalia, …

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USAID Success Story: Providing Safe Drinking Water With Community Support in South Sudan

For vulnerable and conflict-affected populations residing in South Sudan’s Mayendit County, one of the famine-affected counties in Unity State, access to safe drinking water often requires long, arduous hours of walking to the nearest borehole. Due to insecurity and the amount of time required to reach clean water, many individuals in Mayendit frequently resort to …

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Iowa State University Students Visit the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies

A group of students from Iowa State University’s Dean’s Global Agricultural and Food Leadership Program visited the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome in May to learn about the role the United States plays in the international effort to address global food security. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy discussed the importance of challenging assumptions …

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Media Tour to Indonesia

Five reporters traveled to Indonesia with USUN Rome Public Affairs Officer Heather Eaton on May 14 for a six-day media tour to see firsthand how the United States works with the Rome-based UN agencies to promote food security, health and economic opportunity. The journalists – hailing from Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia – took a …

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Yemen

Today the United States announced nearly $94 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Yemen, who have suffered through two years of civil war and are experiencing the largest food security emergency in the world. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to nearly $526 million since the 2016 fiscal …

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