December 9, 2022

US aid chief Samantha Power meets with Agnes Kalibata and Akinwumi Adesina to advance development policy priorities of Biden-Harris administration in Africa

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
USAID Administrator Samantha Power

The Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power on Wednesday met with Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and UN Food Systems Summit Special Envoy, and Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, to advance development policy priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration in Africa.

Stacks of the official portraits of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are seen at the Government Printing Office Thursday, May 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe)

With Adesina, Power discussed a wide range of issues, including the COVID-19 response, climate change, Prosper Africa, Power Africa, food and water security, and nutrition.

“Administrator Power and Dr. Kalibata discussed follow-up from the UN Food Systems Summit to support countries in taking action on their national pathways for the transformation of their food systems and implementing commitments made at the Summit,” USAID spokesperson Rebecca Chalif said about Power’s meeting with Kalibata. “They also discussed how AGRA can support Feed the Future’s in-country efforts, such as reaching farmers with climate-adapted crop varieties and large-scale food fortification, to respond to current crises and build more nutritious, sustainable, and equitable food systems.”

At the United Nations Food Systems Summit, the United States pledged a multi-year, $5 billion investment in Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina

Chalif said during her meeting with Kalibata Administrator Power “stressed the urgent need for action on nutrition and healthy diets, adaptation to climate change, and building more inclusive food systems, with an emphasis on engaging women and young people.”

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