U.S.: Biden calls for African Leaders summit
Updated: Aug 29, 2022
The U.S.-Africa leaders summit will be held from December 13-15, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday 20 July
In a statement announced by President Joe Biden, he highlighted how he's looking forward to hosting leaders from across the African continent in Washington, in an attempt to further the commitment to relations in Africa.
According to sources, the reason for the gathering will be to "foster new economic engagement; reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and of future pandemics; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis; and amplify diaspora ties".
It sounds like the U.S. has outlined some key objectives for it's pursuit of the "enduring" relationship with Africa as Biden described it, with a huge focus being placed on food security, and addressing the impact of #Covid-19 as well as #RussiaUkraineWar.
On food security, the U.S. govt announced last month that it would support Africa's fight against the surges in food, fuel, and fertilizer prices; vowing to back the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) initiative to increase food production on the continent in hopes of averting the looming food crisis caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
the U.S. have pledged to provide a $760 million package - this is the country's contribution to the $4.5 billion to address global food security, promised by the G7.
The AfDB's $1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production Facility was approved by its board of directors in May, and it plans to provide 20 million smallholder farmers with climate-smart equipment among other things.
USAID targeted help for the Horn of Africa
Samantha Power, Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced that the organisation would provide nearly $1.3 billion in additional critical humanitarian and development assistance to help stave off mass starvation and deaths.
The funding should include emergency food to respond to the threat of famine, nutritional support to prevent and treat child malnutrition.
Part of the funding will also be injected into farming and agricultural support, to prevent crop and livestock losses. Urgent health support, clean water to prevent disease outbreaks often prevalent during drought. And protecting women and children from higher risk of violence.
A portion of these funds is included in the Ukraine supplemental and is part of the $2.76 billion in USAID assistance announced by the US President on June 27.
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