USDA allocates $455M to boost global food security

USAgNet - 09/25/2023

In an initiative to fortify global food security, the USDA is channeling $455 million into the Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole Programs. This substantial investment is set to utilize over 375,000 metric tons of American commodities, reaching out to numerous countries and making a significant impact.

Food for Progress aims to boost both short-term and long-term food security by enhancing agricultural value chains and fostering trade activities. By selling commodities in local and regional markets, the program aids in developing stronger food security. Plus, USDA’s meticulous analyses ensure the balance between local markets and U.S. interests.

On the other hand, the McGovern-Dole Program focuses on child nutrition and education. It directly caters to school children’s nutritional needs, combatting hunger and promoting education. This initiative has been a cornerstone for over two decades, serving meals to more than 31 million children in 48 countries.

With this funding, the McGovern-Dole Program will continue to be the largest contributor to global school feeding programs. The 2023 projects will span across countries like Cameroon, Haiti, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and Togo. Besides, the Food for Progress Program will undertake projects in countries including Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Lesotho, Mauritania, Nepal, and Togo to boost agricultural productivity and trade.

The investments signify USDA’s commitment under the administration to addressing global nutrition needs and ensuring the success of these programs. In addition to these, the USDA is keen on transforming America’s food system, focusing on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets, and ensuring access to nutritious food in all communities.

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