From the American People
Food for Peace
Addressing food security crises in Eastern and Central Africa
U.S. support for overseas food aid was formalized in the Agricultural and Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954, also known as P.L. 480 or “Food for Peace.” On a global level, more than 800 million people today are chronically undernourished, and more than 180 million children are significantly underweight. For the United States Government, reducing the number of chronically undernourished and underweight people throughout the world is both a humanitarian concern and a strategic goal. The P.L. 480 Title II program, administered by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), is the largest source of resources within the U.S. Government available to focus on the problem of food insecurity in the developing world.
23 October 2012
In response to the ongoing food crisis in East Africa, USAID has provided an in-kind donation of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to the United Nations...
15 August 2011
Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya
Dr. Biden travelled to the region in early August to help raise awareness about the need for more global assistance to mitigate the impact of...
8 August 2011
Djibouti is one of four countries including Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia that have been hit hard by drought. To assess the impact of the...
18 July 2011
On July 13th, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), Dr. Reuben Brigety, was accompanied by USAID/ DART and State Department...
16 February 2011
During January, 2011 USAID staff from USAID/EA/FFP, USAID/OFDA and USAID/Kenya traveled to two of the four most drought affected regions in Kenya -- Wajir and...
15 July 2009
With the crisis in Somalia an average of 150-200 refugees are fleeing to Dadaab Refugee Camp per day despite the closed border between Kenya and...
22 October 2012
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Statement by SECRETARY CLINTON The United States continues to be concerned by the crisis in the Horn of Africa....
13 October 2009
A USAID/EA Food For Peace (FFP) and USAID/Kenya team visited Kenya’s southeast and coastal areas most affected by the current drought in late August. The...
4 October 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has asked USAID Administrator Raj Shah to visit Ethiopia and Kenya to discuss key agricultural and food security issues...
15 August 2011
U.S. Food and Agriculture Ambassadors Visit Kenya to Assess International Humanitarian Efforts to Assist Somali Refugees and Drought-Affected Kenyans NAIROBI,...
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Kenya with Senator Bill Frist, USAID Administrator Raj...
20 July 2011
U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section United Nations Avenue P.O. Box 606 Village Market 00621 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: 254-20-3636439 Fax:...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2011 Press Office: 202-712-4320 Public Information: 202-712-4810 Email: http://www.usaid.gov/ NAIROBI, KENYA - The...
1 July 2011
In response to the unfolding drought in the Horn of Africa, the U. S. Government, through the USAID Office of Food for Peace, has signed...
26 January 2009
In January, 2009, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/East Africa), provided a new $60 million contribution to the...
9 January 2008
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will be providing an additional $4.8 million in humanitarian aid to assist vulnerable and displaced Kenyans following recent...
The United States through USAID/FFP is the largest donor of food aid to the U.N. World Food Program. WFP is our main partner in providing emergency food aid needs. The food aid provided by the United States Government has helped save many lives, as well as addressing the effects of malnutrition. Some of the highlights of the EA/FFP office are:
94% of food aid is used to address emergencies such as:a) Direct feeding of refugeesb) IDPs/vulnerable popsc) Small % of funds used for development programs supporting livelihoods of vulnerable pops including health, agriculture, nutrition, education, income generation, support to people with HIV/AIDS.
The East Africa Regional FFP team directly manages food aid programs in two limited presence countries: Djibouti and Somalia.
Another scene of food distribution in Dadaab Refugee Camp that is supported by the American People.
Photo: World Food Program
As drought intensifies in the Horn of Africa, new arrivals to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya collect food supplies provided by the American People.
Community members standing next to a USAID-funded generator that supplies power to the borehole. The generator was supplied by USAID during the 2009 drought response. One of the concerns raised by communities was the lack of money to purchase diesel to run the generator, the amount of wear on the generators as more people need to use the borehole due to lack of ground water resources, and the lack of skilled machinists to maintain the generators.
Photo: USAID/East Africa
A pastoralist from Kajiado, Kenya brought his cattle to a water point visited by the assessment team.
Refugees in Dadaab Camp.
Photo: WFP – Peter Smerdon
WFP food distribution in El Berde, Bakool region, Somalia.
Bags of food are offloaded on the beach in Somalia. Since September 2007 the U.S. government has provided over $53 million in food aid to the people of Somalia.
In Djibouti USAID Assistant Administrator Kate Almquist and Djibouti Prime Minister Dileita open the first food pre-positioning warehouse in Africa. Food For Peace supports vulnerable people in Djibouti and throughout East Africa.
Photo: Anita Oberai
Food aid is distributed in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Since the beginning of the year, more Sudanese refugees have been able to return to their home country.
Food For Peace assists in conducting health, hygiene and nutrition education in schools, in addition to the school feeding programs.
Food For Peace beneficiaries line up for food assistance. In Somalia, USG humanitarian assistance is provided through UN agencies and NGOs.
Children wait for food distribution in Mogadishu, Somalia. Households in many parts of Somalia are now extremely food insecure.
Photo: Courtesy WFP
Trucks waiting at the Kenya/Somalia border to cross
into Somalia with food aid
Cattle recently moved to Bor town for safekeeping from Murle raiders from neighboring Pibor. The stability that Sudan requires remains elusive for many communities.
Refugees at a UNHCR registration center in Ali Addeh camp in Djibouti
Photo: Tiare Cross, OFDA
Michael Hess at Dadaab Refugee Camp
Photo: Myra Vinner
Food For Peace
After: With assistance from USAID, communities
rehabilitated irrigation systems, reclaimed the basin surface.
Before: The rudimentary irrigation system in this valley had broken down.
Heavy rains in October caused flooding at Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. With parts of the camp destroyed, refugees were forced to move to higher ground where they constructed make-shift shelters out of plastic bags and cardboard boxes.
The School Feeding Program provides children with nutritious food every day.
Children line up for a meal at the School Feeding Program at Excel Primary School in Kangemi Slums, Nairobi.
A school feeding program in Nairobi's slums means students have more energy to concentrate.
Rations are prepared at a food aid center in Uganda. The Famine Early Warning System Network helps guide Food Aid and Food Security decisions in East and Central Africa.
Photo: Food for Peace
Food For Peace rations are prepared for distribution in Uganda.
Photo: Food For Peace
A young boy transports Food Aid rations to his home. FFP combines direct assistance programs with activities that help households become less vulnerable.
In Burundi, Food for Peace helps mothers feed their children.
Women and children wait for food distribution at a Food for Peace Distribution Center.
Photo: Leslie Rose/USAID
Last updated2 May 2013
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