The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $650,000 for food security activities in Afghanistan.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed the contribution, saying, “FAO has a proven track record in emergency food security and agriculture coordination activities in the field. As FAO works to reform itself, the U.S. Government is proud to continue to partner with this organization which makes a difference in the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and elsewhere.”
The contribution will fund humanitarian coordination and information management activities. These activities include support for Food Security Cluster coordination at the country level and the compilation of baseline food security data and analysis to inform appropriate response measures.
To date, in Fiscal Year 2011, USAID/OFDA has obligated $12.65 million to FAO emergency operations worldwide.