InterAction calls for more resources to fight global hunger and COVID-19 – World
InterAction fully welcomes the administration’s request for additional emergency funding for security and economic assistance to Ukraine and its continued support for additional funding for the global response to the pandemic.
Additional emergency funds are essential to support the Ukrainian people and deal with the humanitarian fallout from Russian aggression.
However, given the pressing needs, the United States must do much more to respond to humanitarian crises and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Russia’s war of aggression has created more than 5.2 million refugees and another 7.7 million people are internally displaced. In addition to impoverishing the Ukrainian people and causing atrocities, the war threatens populations far beyond the region by exacerbating a global food crisis.
Ukraine and the Russian Federation supply about 30% of the world’s wheat and barley, which are nearly depleted, pushing food, fertilizer and cooking oil prices to record highs . Food insecurity has been on the rise in recent years, and additional shocks to grain and fuel supplies are likely to have devastating consequences for populations in already hard-hit countries in the Horn of Africa. , the Middle East and the Sahel.
At the same time, funds are still urgently needed to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As America recovers, many in the rest of the world are still working to respond to the pandemic, while others need help recovering from the lasting economic and development impacts. And we are all at risk of seeing new variants appear. Funds are urgently needed for administering vaccines, testing, treatment and supporting frontline healthcare workers.
InterAction appreciates the US government’s recognition of these crises and calls for urgent action to provide the resources needed to respond.