The President of the United States, Joe Biden, made an announcement on Wednesday that the United States and African leaders will meet for a summit on December 13, 14, and 15. He used the word “enduring” to express the enduring commitment the United States has made to Africa. In a statement, the president of the United States said that he was looking forward to meeting with leaders from all around the African continent in Washington.
According to the press release, the goals of the meeting will be to “foster new economic engagement; strengthen the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; reduce the effects of COVID-19 and future pandemics; work together to improve regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis; and strengthen ties with the diaspora.”
Concerning food safety, the current government said about a month ago that it would help Africa fight against the effects of high food prices, rising fuel prices, and spiraling fertilizer prices in the countries that need help the most.
The United States of America has committed to providing financial assistance to an initiative spearheaded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) that seeks to raise the amount of food that is produced on the African continent. This is being done in an effort to avert an impending food crisis that is being brought on by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The United States is going to deliver a package for 760 million dollars so that this can happen. It represents the United States’ portion of the $4.5 billion that was given by the G7 to address concerns about the safety of food supplies around the world.
In May, the board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) gave their stamp of approval to the African Emergency Food Production Facility, which is estimated to cost $1.5 billion. As one of its many goals, it wants 20 million smallholder farmers to be able to use farming methods that are good for the climate.
On Tuesday, Samantha Power, Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced that the organization would provide nearly $1.3 billion in additional critical humanitarian and development assistance to assist in preventing widespread starvation and deaths.
The funding should include emergency food to respond to the threat of famine; nutritional support to prevent and treat child malnutrition; farming and agricultural support to prevent crop and livestock losses; urgent health support; and clean water to prevent disease outbreaks that are often prevalent during drought. In addition to this, the foundation plans to help women and children who are more likely to be victims of violence by giving them protection.
Also, on June 27, the US President said that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would get a total of $2.76 billion in aid, some of which will go to the Ukraine supplemental.