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April 21, 2014
The USAID-sponsored Regional Agricultural Trade Environment (RATE) activity, implemented by the Maximizing Agricultural Revenue through Knowledge, Enterprise Development and Trade (MARKET) Project, is a tool for examining the agricultural trade enabling environments of participating countries in regional organizations, for the purpose of helping regions streamline and strengthen their approaches to cross-border trade and food security. RATE is grounded in USAID’s commitment, through its Feed the Future initiative, to facilitate the integration of farmers and rural industries into the full chain of production, from “farm to fork,” enabling them to better connect with agricultural trade and market opportunities.
 
Launched in April 2012, this RATE assessment covers the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It examines a range of agriculture and trade-related policies, laws, institutions, and social dynamics that impact the environment for trade, both with respect to international markets, and, critically, among ASEAN Member States themselves.
 
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February 25, 2014

With the establishment of a formal USAID mission in Myanmar in 2012, the United States recognizes the recent reform efforts as the most significant opportunity in decades to engage with the people of Myanmar. And we are hard at work. In fact, USAID Administrator Dr. Shah is scheduled to be in Myanmar later this week to continue momentum on key issues.

February 25, 2014

There’s nothing creepy about geckos. Just ask Anchalee Aowphol. She’s leading a group of women scientists into the forests at night to take a closer look. And on the way, they examine frogs and salamanders, too.

USAID helping to train airport staff and airlines to identify common wildlife smuggling techniques
February 25, 2014

BANGKOK, February 24, 2014 – The skies are getting safer for endangered species after one of the world’s busiest airports and two major airlines joined together to launch a new global program to stop wildlife trafficking through airports.

On February 20 and 21, flight attendants and cargo and baggage handlers from Delta Airlines and Kenya Airlines joined airport security and customs officials to learn how today’s traffickers are attempting to circumvent inspectors and laws to smuggle rare and endangered wildlife through airports around the world.

February 20, 2014

The Mekong Partnership for the Environment is a four-year, $15 million program ending in 2017 and funded by the United States Agency for International Development to advance informed multi-stakeholder dialogues in Lower Mekong countries regarding the social and environmental costs and benefits of regional development projects.

February 20, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regional Private Financing Advisory Network-Asia will assist businesses, governments, and others in Asia’s developing countries to mobilize and scale-up investments in clean energy.

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