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USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced more than $72 million in additional humanitarian aid for Lebanon. Press release

USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced more than $72 million in additional humanitarian aid for Lebanon. Press release

The United States, through the Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $72 million in emergency food aid to more than 650,000 vulnerable people in Lebanon, including refugees from Syria and other countries. This funding, through the United Nations World Food Program, will provide household food parcels including rice, lentils and chickpeas for Lebanese families, and electronic food vouchers for Syrian refugees to use in local stores, which support the Lebanese economy. Is.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced the funding during a visit to Lebanon, where she met with local farmers and food aid recipients who have been hit by the growing food security crisis.

The implications of the Russian aggression against Ukraine on food and fuel prices in Lebanon are driving more people to food insecurity and exacerbating the effects of the Lebanese economic crisis. Lebanon typically buys about 80 percent of its wheat from Ukraine, and between October 2019 and June 2022, food prices in Lebanon have increased by more than 2,000 percent. As people lose their livelihood, vulnerable families cannot afford enough to eat.

Today’s announcement is part of the $2 billion in USAID humanitarian aid announced by President Joe Biden in September to address global food security impacts. The United States is deeply concerned about Lebanon’s growing humanitarian needs and continues to urge other donors to step up our response. Since 2012, the United States has provided more than $3 billion in humanitarian aid to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Lebanon.

For the latest updates on USAID’s humanitarian aid in Lebanon, visit: www.usaid.gov/humanarian-help/lebanon



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