Biden at U.N.: Partnering for a freer, more just world

By Dave Reynolds The United States is embarking on an “era of relentless diplomacy,” working with international partners to tackle global challenges that affect people’s lives, President Biden said September 21. In a speech to the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Biden said the United States will work with any nation — including competitors ...
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Report details Russia’s damage to Ukrainian crop storage

Russia’s military has damaged, destroyed or taken control of nearly 16% of Ukraine’s grain storage facilities since the latest invasion began in February, a new analysis shows. That translates to one in six facilities in  Ukraine  that store wheat, barley, sunflowers and other staples that typically would have fed a significant portion of the world before ...
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Arrival of Wheat-Carrying Brave Commander to East Africa from Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the arrival in Djibouti of 23,300 metric tons of Ukrainian grain aboard the ship Brave Commander. This grain will be distributed within Ethiopia and Somalia, countries that are dangerously food insecure after four years of drought. The United States is grateful for the important ...
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On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On World Humanitarian Day, we honor the humanitarian aid workers who have sacrificed so much to protect and assist the world’s most vulnerable populations.  We commend the bravery and compassion of those who put the welfare of others before their own.  We are grateful for humanitarians around ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  The Secretary expressed his appreciation for Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska’s trip to Washington, D.C. this week, noting that her visit offered an important opportunity to recognize the human cost of Russia’s ...
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Putin’s destruction of Ukrainian farms

Ukrainian farmers like Anatolii Kulibaba of Bilka struggle with tragedy following Russia’s full-scale invasion. A Russian military bombing killed his 45-year-old son and Russian troops  occupied his farm , leaving much of it in ruins. “My fields were destroyed by the shelling,” Kulibaba told NPR. Satellite imagery  from Maxar Technology released in early June shows the damage from Vladimir Putin’s war ...
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Food insecurity made worse by Putin’s war, not sanctions

Russia’s attack on Ukraine  jeopardizes the world’s food supply. Vladimir Putin’s war of choice is hindering Ukraine’s harvests, which typically feed millions. Russian military forces have bombed fields, damaged grain silos, attacked merchant ships in the Black Sea, and destroyed the roads and railways that allow Ukraine to export its agricultural goods worldwide. And yet Putin blames U.S. and ...
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U.S. supports countries amid Putin’s food crisis

By Leigh Hartman Russia’s war in Ukraine has resulted in more than 5.7 million refugees fleeing Ukraine into neighboring countries while an estimated 7.7 million people are internally displaced in the country, according to the U.N. A major consequence of this war is that, while Russian President Vladimir Putin destroys farms in Ukraine, people around the world ...
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Putin’s war sends global food prices skyrocketing

By Leigh Hartman Russian President Vladimir Putin’s  war in Ukraine  is contributing to rising food prices and threatening food supplies around the world. In Ukraine, Russia’s forces have destroyed farms,  bombed warehouses , ruined fields, and seized tractors and other equipment for fortifications, according to news reports.  Land mines have forced Ukrainians to abandon their farms, and a Russian Navy blockade of Ukrainian Black ...
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U.S. food programs help children and farmers worldwide

Aid distributed through USDA food assistance programs in FY 2019 reached more than 4.4 million people in 45 countries in Asia, Africa and South and Central America. Working through volunteer and international organizations, USDA’s various programs fund school meals and nutrition programs around the world and offer training and technical assistance to boost farmers’ productivity. ...
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