United States Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies (FAA) in Rome, Ambassador Cindy McCain, will visit Sri Lanka from today (25) to 28 September to highlight US food assistance programmes in Sri Lanka and reinforce US’ commitment and ‘lasting’ partnership with the island nation, the US Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Friday (23).
In addition to meeting senior Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) officials and aid organisations in Colombo, McCain will join US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung to travel to Central Province to visit schools, agricultural research facilities, and community organisations and meet with recipients and implementers of relief provided through US Government-funded humanitarian assistance programmes, it said.
The United States is the single largest country donor to the three United Nations food and agriculture agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP).
US-funded UN projects showcase how the US Government, UN Food and Agriculture Agencies and the GoSL collaborate to reduce food insecurity and advance humanitarian relief, livelihood protection, and agriculture-led economic growth, especially at this critical time of increased global hunger, the Embassy said.
United States has provided partnership and assistance to the people and GoSL for more than 70 years. Since June, Ambassador Chung has overseen the announcement of nearly USD 240 million in new US Government assistance to Sri Lanka, including US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power’s September 2022 announcements of an additional USD $40 million to provide Sri Lankan farmers with fertiliser and US$20 million to meet immediate humanitarian needs in the country, the Embassy said.