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President Joe Biden delivers remarks about overnight tornadoes and extreme weather that caused widespread devastation in Kentucky and other states, Saturday, December 10, 2021, at the Chase Convention Center in Wilmington, Delaware. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)
President Joe Biden delivers remarks about overnight tornadoes and extreme weather that caused widespread devastation in Kentucky and other states, Saturday, December 10, 2021, at the Chase Convention Center in Wilmington, Delaware. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

Biden announces White House will host conference on hunger, nutrition and health in September for first time in over 50 years as Russia’s war in Ukraine triggers sharp rise in commodity prices

Simon Ateba
( Chief White House Correspondent )

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Wednesday that the White House will host a conference on hunger, nutrition and health in September for the first time since 1969 “to accelerate progress and drive significant change to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce diet-related disease, and close the disparities around them.”

“Hunger, diet-related disease, and the disparities surrounding them impact millions of Americans, and the COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on the urgency of addressing these issues,” said Ambassador Susan E. Rice, White House Domestic Policy Advisor. “No one should have to wonder where their next meal will come from. We must take bold steps now—with government, the private sector, non-profits, and communities working together—to build a healthier future for every American.”

P20210126CW-0339: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki looks on as Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice delivers remarks during a briefing Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West)

The conference comes as Russia’s war in Ukraine is exacerbating hunger around the world. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa released last Thursday that Africa’s economic growth was expected to slow to 3.8 percent this year from 4.5 percent in 2021 mainly because of Russia’s war in Ukraine that has triggered a sharp rise in commodity prices, strained the fiscal and external balances of commodity-importing countries and increased food-security concerns across the region.

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