WASHINGTON - US President Joe Biden announced Thursday an additional USD 2.5 billion in humanitarian assistance to address acute food insecurity in Africa.
"Assistance is going to help ensure that children and families don't have to go to bed hungry and we're not stopping their food security is essential to the foundation for broader peace and prosperity," the US leader said at the closing session of the US-Africa Summit in Washington.
He pointed out that additional aid would build upon over USD 11 billion in US humanitarian and food security assistance for Africa this year alone.
President Biden also launched a new strategic partnership on food security between the United States and the African Union.
"We're facing a global food crisis. And nowhere is it felt more keenly than on the African continent," he stated.
He added that the US was deepening collaboration with countries across Africa to tackle food insecurity.
"This whole summit, we've been focused on Africa's enormous potential for growth, for economic growth, growth that can lift people out of poverty and help lessen chronic hunger," he stressed.
He vowed that the United States was going to continue to work with the African Union AU to advance the comprehensive Africa Agriculture.
"We are teaming up to create a more resilient food system, improving how communities can grow and buy their own food, "And finally, we're bringing the world together to meet this global challenge," he promised.
President Biden affirmed that the US would continue to support extending the UN brokered deal to facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain, which will benefit not only Africa, but people around the globe.
"This is a global food security crisis and we need to solve it together," he concluded.
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