US commits $2.5bn to Africa for food assistance

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The United States announced its commitment of another $2.5 billion for the purpose of food assistance to help the continent cope with rising prices and high rate of hunger among the people.

The White House laid out the new aid commitment before closing remarks to a three-day Africa summit in Washington by President Joe Biden, whose administration has highlighted the role on prices of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A statement by the White House read:

“The food funding will provide emergency aid and medium- to long-term food security assistance for resilient African food systems and supply markets.

“It said the United States would also develop a partnership with the African Union to bring together the public and private sectors and international financial institutions to address food needs.”

Meanwhile, the United States has already provided $11 billion in food assistance for the continent this year.