USAID and Canadian Government Announce Multimillion-Dollar Funding for the Caribbean and Latin America

USAID and Canadian Government Announce Multimillion-Dollar Funding for the Caribbean and Latin America

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Canada announced multi-million dollar funding for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Samantha Power, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced $331 million in long-term humanitarian and development assistance to ensure food security and resilience in the region.

At the same time, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged a total of C$145 million in aid to the hemisphere (US$1 = C$1.2784).

“After more than a year of inflationary pressures, rising energy and fuel prices, disruptions from the global pandemic, the continued impacts of climate change and extreme weather, and the impact of war in Ukraine, food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean is on the rise,” Samantha Power said at a side event at the just-concluded Ninth Summit of the Americas.

“Countries that rely heavily on imports for food are particularly vulnerable to rising food prices, and several countries in the region are experiencing their highest rates of inflation and food price increases in more than a decade. ”

Meanwhile, due to shortages and bans imposed by Russia, which has historically supplied the majority of the region’s fertilizer, the region is particularly vulnerable to disruptions in the global fertilizer supply,” she warned. .

To provide “a holistic response,” Power said the $331 million investment includes more than $198 million in emergency food security programs and related support such as nutrition, health protection and water, sanitation and hygiene interventions.

She said more than $132 million of Feed the Future funds will go to resources aimed at helping smallholder farmers in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Peru improve the productivity of large-scale horticultural crops. value, increase incomes and strengthen farmers. ‘ ability to withstand shocks such as rising fertilizer prices and the impacts of climate change.

On Friday, Trudeau said more than C$145 million would be spent globally to help the following priority areas: C$67.9 million for gender equality; C$26.9 million for irregular migration and forced displacement; C$31.5 million for health and pandemic response; CAD 17.3 million for democratic governance programs; and C$1.6 million for internet access and disinformation.

Approximately C$1 million will be allocated to the production and dissemination of high-impact research that addresses the disparities faced by women and different populations, according to the Canadian Prime Minister.

Indigenous peoples of African descent, people with disabilities and LGBTI people from Latin America and the Caribbean are among these groups, according to the Canadian Prime Minister.

The initiative will be implemented by the Gender and Diversity Lab and the Gender and Diversity Knowledge Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank Group.

Trudeau said the C$2 million will be used to build the capacity of the Organization of American States (OAS) – Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago – to “to prevent and investigate organized crime linked to the exploitation of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, in particular human trafficking and migrant smuggling”.

Trudeau went on to say that the C$2 million will help Trinidad and Tobago “better prevent and respond to online child sexual abuse, exploitation and related crimes.”

“To effectively detect, investigate, prosecute, adjudicate and prevent online child sexual exploitation and information and communication technology-assisted human trafficking,” he said.

C$10.9 million will be spent to improve “overall sexual and reproductive health”, including safe and legal abortions and post-abortion care for young women, especially adolescent girls, and “contribute to ensuring the realization of sexual and reproductive rights in targeted districts of Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana and Peru”, according to the Canadian leader.

Additionally, Canada is funding CAD $2.25 million to expand access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services for Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and their host communities. .

Trudeau said a C$200,000 grant from the Pan American Health Organization will improve the capacity of the health sector to respond to violence against women and girls in the Caribbean region, including women and girls from minority ethnic groups, migrant groups and women and girls with disabilities. .

In addition, he said that the OAS Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) will receive C$3.2 million to help build “the institutional capacities of electoral bodies to achieve a more effective and inclusive electoral processes; and strengthen the role of civil society, including women’s rights organizations, in electoral processes and monitoring.

Trudeau announced that Canada will provide C$2.4 million to help Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries overcome political, structural and legislative barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

He also announced that his country will provide C$1.7 million to DECO to help the organization improve “the legitimacy and transparency of electoral processes in the region by supporting election observation missions across the Americas”.

“The project aims to engage with electoral administration bodies to organize and support electoral processes that are inclusive, transparent and free from violence or manipulation in countries that request the OAS-DECO to conduct electoral missions. sighting,” Trudeau said.