US President Joe Biden is putting another $2.9 billion into a fund to help solve global food insecurities. The problems in the food chain are largely caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is a major exporter of grain, among other things.
Biden will make the announcement in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the White House said. The money comes in addition to the $6.9 billion in US government support for global food security that was previously pledged, according to a statement.
According to the Biden administration, food supplies are being severely disrupted by “the worsening effects of the pandemic, the worsening climate crisis, the rising costs of energy and fertilizers and the ongoing conflict, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”. The turmoil has “disrupted global supply chains and dramatically increased world food prices,” it said. In particular, prolonged droughts put parts of Somalia at risk of famine, the White House said.