United States Provides $2.5 Million in Development Assistance to Ghana Amid Global Food Security Crisis – Ghana
Friday, August 5, 2022
The United States is providing $2.5 million in new development assistance, subject to Congressional notification, to Ghana through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As an existing partner country of Feed the Future, Ghana will intensify its efforts to directly mitigate the impacts of growing food insecurity, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked aggression in Ukraine. A confluence of crises has pushed many Ghanaians into hunger. Food and fertilizer prices, already high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have soared further due to Russia’s war on Ukraine, putting families at risk.
This additional funding from USAID in Ghana will focus on the development and commercialization of inorganic and organic fertilizer products, and support importers and fertilizer blenders/manufacturers, including private sector partners, to bring more fertilizers in the country and ensure that they reach the most vulnerable farmers. Helping vulnerable households and individuals protect their health and livelihoods can strengthen food systems, which can help mitigate the risks of food insecurity that can erode existing capacities to meet the needs of a population.
Feed the Future’s intensified efforts to alleviate this crisis and alleviate food insecurity and malnutrition in Ghana are part of the bipartisan Congressional Emergency Supplementary Bill signed by President Biden in May. This includes $2.76 billion in additional U.S. government resources to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations from an escalating global food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked and unwarranted war in Ukraine and the severe drought in the Horn of Africa region.