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US injects $215m into Africa food security

Date: May 20, 2022

The United States (US) has said it will provide a further $215 million in emergency aid to 10 African countries as the continent struggles with food insecurity brought about by climate change, the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, made the announcement when he met several African Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of a meeting on global food security in New York.

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe are the countries who will benefit.

On Wednesday, the United Nations warned that a growing global food crisis could last years if it goes unchecked.

The global cost of fertiliser has quadrupled since the start of the pandemic and has skyrocketed further with the Ukraine war.

--BBC--

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