US foreign assistance for poverty programs sees small increase for FY2020
As part of its overall funding package for the 2020 fiscal year, the US Congress has increased poverty-focused international assistance by US$1 million or 4 percent. This package was approved despite President Trump's continued support for cuts to US foreign assistance.
Included in the legislation is US$5 million for global nutrition, bringing the annual total to US$150 million. The final bill also included provisions to protect poverty-focused development assistance to Central America and food-security funding worldwide, allowing Congress more oversight to ensure food-security funds are disbursed and not subject to deep cuts at the end of the fiscal year.