USDA and USAID Launch Initiative for Global Food Aid

Collaborative effort addresses global hunger crisis, focusing on 18 vulnerable countries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are deploying $1 billion to purchase U.S.-grown commodities—providing emergency food aid globally.

“America’s farmers are the most productive and efficient in the world, and we rely on them to supply safe and nutritious food not only to our nation, but to the global community,” Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “With many millions of people in dire need worldwide, the U.S. agricultural sector is well positioned to provide lifesaving food assistance. The United States produces more commodities than are consumed, and therefore has the opportunity to partner with USAID and extend this food to those in our global community who are struggling.”

USAID Administrator Samantha Power emphasized the crucial role of American farmers in addressing global hunger, also expressing USAID’s commitment to distributing surplus food to vulnerable communities worldwide—focused on 18 countries currently facing severe food insecurity.

In collaboration with USAID, the USDA plans to purchase and transfer commodities including wheat, rice, and vegetable oil, aligning with traditional food assistance programs. A $50 million pilot project will explore using other shelf-stable U.S. commodities for emergency aid.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for Secretary Vilsack as he oversees the partnership with USAID to provide emergency food globally.
  • For Administrator Power to be led by the Lord as she heads the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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