In light of the current global food crisis, the United States has committed an additional $20 million (about 77 billion shs) in development aid for Uganda.
“The United States is providing $20 million, subject to congressional approval, in new additional resources for Uganda through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),” she said.
The COVID-19 epidemic, climate change, supply chain shocks, regional conflicts, and the aftermath of the war in Ukraine, according to Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Representative to the UN, have made it increasingly harder for people to acquire food in recent years.
Linda stated that the cost of food, fertilizer, and fuel has increased dramatically, and so has the rate of global hunger and malnutrition adding that additional funding from the US will help Uganda expand investments in fertilizer, grains, and other crops with the goal of increasing resilience to future shocks.
“The new funding will help smallholder farmers adopt improved agricultural practices that increase productivity, reduce post-harvest losses, and add value to their products. It will also boost agricultural production by expanding financing for fertiliser and improving its efficient use,” Linda said.
In order to help farmers, agro-businesses, and consumers lessen the effects of the global food crisis, she emphasized that this aid will build on already-existing investments in agriculture and value chains.