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Biden Pledges $2.9 Billion for Food Crisis Made Worse by Russia

  • New aid follows $6.9 billion US commitment earlier this year
  • Growing concerns about hunger exacerbated by Russian invasion
President Joe Biden speaks during the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21.
President Joe Biden speaks during the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21.

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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President Joe Biden announced $2.9 billion in fresh US government assistance to address global food insecurity during his speech Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly. 

The new funds are a response to growing concerns about hunger worldwide due to rising food, fertilizer and energy prices caused in part by Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to the White House.