SANTA ANA, Calif.
— As the Obama Administration seeks to help struggling U.S. supermarkets and produce producers recover from the economic downturn, it’s looking to other countries.
The administration announced Friday it is giving $1 billion in aid to a dozen countries that have struggled to cope with the economic crisis.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said it is struggling to determine how much the aid will help and whether it can cover costs in developing countries.
But the announcement came after the Obama White House said that it had already approved the $1.5 billion in food aid it is providing to countries in the developing world.
“As President Obama has said, the United States supports the development of countries around the world that are ready to grow and thrive and have the capacity to do so, including in areas like Africa, the Middle East and Latin America,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement.
“These assistance programs will allow the United Nations to more fully leverage its global clout and influence to help develop the food and farming sectors of those countries.”
We continue to work closely with our international partners to address their needs and ensure that the programs we provide to help them meet the needs of the developing countries will not impact the U..
S.-based agriculture sector in the United State.
“The administration also announced it will spend $1 million to help countries like Haiti, Nigeria, and Ethiopia develop food systems that can meet the nutritional needs of people who have no access to healthy food.
agency says it is currently in talks with five countries to provide more aid to those countries, including Ethiopia, which has a projected budget of $2 billion this year.
The countries will also receive funding for their agricultural sector through a Food Security Fund, which is set to begin operation in 2019.
At the same time, the US. has announced a $100 million commitment to help farmers in the Philippines grow more nutritious produce.
The United States is also sending a team to the Philippines, which was hit hard by the 2008-09 financial crisis, to provide aid to its farmers.
The Department of Agriculture also announced on Friday that it will help the Philippines prepare for a new wave of agricultural reforms that will see its government shift its focus to more sustainable practices.