US President Joe Biden has announced additional humanitarian aid to address acute food insecurity in Africa, which is facing a larger and more complex food crisis than ever before, Reuters reported.
The United States has pledged an additional $2.5 billion in emergency aid and medium- to long-term support to food security for fragile food systems and supplies in Africa, the White House said in a statement.
“We are facing a global food crisis, and nowhere is it felt more acutely than on the African continent,” Biden said on the final day of a three-day meeting in Washington with African leaders from 49 countries and the African Union.
“Today, hunger once again haunts the Horn of Africa. High food prices and high trade barriers are harming the lives and livelihoods of millions of people on the continent,” Biden said.
Food insecurity has intensified across much of Africa in recent years, compounded by persistent armed conflict and the impact of climate change, which has led to prolonged droughts in some areas and crop-destroying floods.