The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says it will spend $300 million to help farmers and farmers markets in northern Africa.
The agency said in a statement on Wednesday that the investment would support farmers and their markets, promote better practices, and improve food security in regions that face threats such as drought and crop failure.
The United States, which is the largest exporter of corn, has been the biggest buyer of U.NS grain, which has been a major source of nutrition for people in the region.
But drought and poor crop yields have made U.SN wheat and barley a mainstay in the local food supply.
The FAO is also considering new projects to help feed the region’s 1.3 billion people, including projects to improve the nutritional status of crops, support the development of biofuel production and boost food security.
The U!SN grain program, which will be launched later this year, is expected to have a positive impact on farmers and markets.
The $300-million fund is part of a broader $2.5 billion U.UN plan to boost food production in Africa and build food security, FAO officials said in the statement.