U.S. humanitarian aid for Ukraine war tops $2.6 billion

By ShareAmerica The U.S. commitment to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s aggression is broad and enduring. The U.S. government has provided more than  $2.6 billion  (PDF, 753KB) in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by Russia’s 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department …

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Farmcraft: Teaching agriculture through esports

By ShareAmerica People have farmed for thousands of years, yet every growing season brings new challenges. Farmers choose seeds and decide among various techniques. Plow or adopt no-till methods, trap insects or apply insecticides? The choices farmers make affect their harvests and their farms and help promote food security. Their choices also can affect local …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York December 6, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Assistant-Secretary-General Jenca and Director for Coordination Rajasingham for your briefings today. Colleagues, since last February, Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine has resulted in the deaths of nearly 10,000 …

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

WHITE HOUSE DECEMBER 06, 2023 We, the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), met virtually on December 6, 2023, to address global challenges and shape a course for a better future. We reaffirm our commitment made at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, which is a city that suffered an atomic bombing and now has …

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Russia’s War on Ukraine’s Grain and Global Food Supply, in Five Myths

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER AUGUST 17, 2023 Russia’s disinformation myths cannot hide the hard truths that (1) sanctions did not apply to Russia’s grain, (2) Ukraine’s grain is critical to getting adequate food to low-income countries, (3) Russia cannot replace Ukraine’s grain supply, (4) the Kremlin is on track to destroy more grain than it has …

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The United States Announces More Than $380 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Africa

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 20, 2023 The United States will provide an additional $380 million in humanitarian assistance for Africa. With this funding, the United States has provided more than $4 billion in humanitarian assistance this fiscal year to respond to the needs of refugees, internally displaced persons, and people …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Russia’s Withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York July 21, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Madam President. And thank you, to Under-Secretary-General Griffiths and DiCarlo, for your sobering briefing. And I want to express our appreciation to Ecuador and France for calling this important meeting. Colleagues, it seems every single …

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Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout on Russia’s Suspension of Participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York July 17, 2023 AS DELIVERED Good morning, and thank you for giving me this quick moment. In a few minutes, the Security Council will meet to try and revive the Syria cross-border mechanism, and I’m sure you heard that just now from …

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U.S. scientists work to stave off desertification

By ShareAmerica U.S. scientists are developing technologies and new approaches to reduce desertification and in some cases return harmed land to its earlier fertile condition. A classic example of desertification is the 1930s Dust Bowl period in the United States, which devastated Midwestern states. It was a time when severe droughts combined with poor land-management …

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Making sure food for the world’s hungry is safe

By ShareAmerica Jun 6, 2023 The United States is the  largest provider of international food assistance  in the world, and it takes care that the food that feeds hungry people is safe and nutritious. The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that food products are inspected and meet  quality standards . What’s more, it requires packaging to keep the food safe and alerts the …

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World Food Prize laureate turns ‘mines to vines’

By ShareAmerica May 11, 2023 Heidi Kühn walked through her first minefield, in Dragalić, Croatia, in 2000. Workers there asked her blood type in case she stepped on a land mine. “That was such a defining moment,” Kühn said. “I was with a friend and we looked at each other in the eye and we …

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United States Imposes Additional Sanctions and Export Controls on Russia in Coordination with International Partners

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 19, 2023 The United States will continue to take actions against Russia until it ends its brutal and illegal war against Ukraine. The United States is implementing commitments made at the G7 Leaders’ Summit to increase costs for Russia and those who support its war effort. Among others, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council High-Level Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 23, 2023 AS DELIVERED Thank you very much, President Berset. And I particularly want to thank Switzerland for making the pressing issue of conflict-induced food security a centerpiece of its presidency. This is also a very high priority for the U.S. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Ambassador Jim O’Brien at a Foreign Press Center Briefing on the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York May 11, 2023 AS DELIVERED MODERATOR: Welcome to the New York Foreign Press Center. We’re honored to have two distinguished briefers with us today who will speak on the Black Sea Grain Initiative: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations; …

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Suspension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 29, 2022 The United States regrets Russia’s suspension of its participation in the operations of the U.N.-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative. We urge all parties to keep this essential, life-saving Initiative functioning. The Black Sea Grain Initiative has already moved more than 9 million metric tons …

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FACT SHEET: At United Nations General Assembly, President Biden Announces $2.9 Billion in Additional Funding to Strengthen Global Food Security

THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM STATEMENTS AND RELEASES SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 Today, in his address to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced over $2.9 billion in new assistance from the U.S. Government to address global food insecurity. President Biden’s announcement builds on the $6.9 billion in …

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Documenting Russia’s Destructive Impact on Food Storage in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 President Putin’s unjustified war against Ukraine puts millions around the globe at risk of increasing food insecurity. The Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of food, has led to the damage or outright destruction of many of Ukraine’s arterial roads, railways, …

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