The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced new assistance of R100 million (US$ 2 million) to boost food security in Marawi and surrounding areas.

USAID is partnering with the World Food Programme to provide 1.8 million kilograms of rice—enough to feed 45,000 people for four months—to families displaced by the conflict.

Ambassador Kim and (L-R) Assistant Secretary Purisima, Undersecretary Leyco, World Food Programme Country Director Gluning, and Deputy Mission Director Epperson of USAID Philippines holding the rice.

At the recent ceremonial handover of rice to Philippine government officials, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim said, “The U.S. government continues to stand by the Filipino people as a friend, partner, and ally to support those affected by the Marawi conflict as they rebuild their lives.”

The assistance, which will help ensure an adequate food supply for families affected by the Marawi conflict, brings the total U.S. government contribution to the Marawi humanitarian response to nearly R1.2 billion (US$ 22.9 million).

Ambassador Kim was joined by Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, Spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi; and Stephen Gluning, Country Director of the World Food Programme.

The U.S. government, through USAID, has been a key partner of the Philippine government in the recovery, stabilization, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and surrounding areas. USAID continues to work closely with the Philippine government and development partners to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance and promote long-term stability in Marawi.

USAID is the lead U.S. government agency for international development and disaster assistance. In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to build a more stable, prosperous, and well-governed nation. For more information, visit http://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.

This appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s April 2018 issue.