The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) welcomes the contribution of $83 million from the United States of America (United States) to emergency and resilience programs

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today welcomed an $83 million contribution from the United States of America to strengthen emergency and resilience programs in the United States. agency in Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Sudan, as well as in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Burkina Faso, the Sahel and the West African region.

It follows a recent $80 million commitment from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) specifically focused on improving food security and nutrition in Afghanistan.

“We are grateful to the United States of America for this important contribution to FAO’s mandate,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu. “Safeguarding the rural livelihoods of vulnerable people is key to averting disaster and saving lives through the development of local production. Such funding is essential to respond with agility and at scale in food crisis contexts.

Given its mandate to end hunger, its long-standing presence in countries and its substantial expertise and experience in humanitarian and development contexts, FAO has a unique role to play in the prevention and the fight against acute hunger and in helping countries experiencing food crises find a path to growth and prosperity.

Protecting livelihoods by providing emergency agricultural assistance at the onset of a crisis enables people to produce food and earn income, while a rapid and effective response to agricultural threats and emergencies saves lives. lives, promotes recovery and closes the gap between dependence on food aid and self-reliance. -addiction.

The new contribution was announced by Ambassador Cindy McCain, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations Agencies in Rome. The funds are designed to improve food availability and access in crisis contexts, providing aid and technical assistance to smallholder farmers and livestock-dependent communities, focusing on crop production and animal.

The United States of America has been the largest funding partner for FAO’s humanitarian and resilience program since 2017. The latest contribution, part of annual support from USAID’s Humanitarian Office, represents a multiplication by three of the funds compared to the previous year.

Strengthen emergency and resilience efforts

FAO’s work in Ethiopia is set to receive $32 million in emergency assistance to improve agricultural production in the Tigray region, where conflict is a key driver of severe food shortages.

FAO is already scaling up urgent fertilizer delivery in Ethiopia’s northern region to help farmers plant their fields in the middle of the crucial planting season. The new funds will facilitate the targeted distribution of agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers and seeds, and the training of 344,000 households (involving approximately 1,720,000 people) on fertilizer application and handling, good agronomic practices, post-harvest handling and value addition.

An additional $30 million of the U.S. contribution announced today has been earmarked for emergency livelihoods assistance to maintain food and nutrition security in Afghanistan, where local food production and Incomes of the most vulnerable rural families have been affected by multiple shocks, including returning droughts and a worsening economic crisis.

More than 70% of Afghans live in rural areas and millions of men, women and children could face disaster in 2022 if agriculture and livestock are not continuously supported.

FAO plans to use the funds there to improve the food and nutrition security of 2,065,000 vulnerable and marginalized people through the distribution of winter wheat cultivation kits, a livestock protection kit for pastoralists in drought-affected areas and multi-purpose cash transfers to households without access to land and limited labor within the family.

An additional $15 million has been earmarked to strengthen food security and livelihoods in Sudan, while the remaining amounts will target people in need in Burkina Faso and the East African region. West and will help mitigate the impact of an outbreak of African swine fever in Haiti and West Africa. Dominican Republic.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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