Capitalizing on Brazil’s successes in reducing hunger and poverty, the United States and Brazil have developed a partnership which shares successful Brazilian methods and technologies in agricultural production and school feeding. The lead agencies of this partnership are the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and USAID. For the strategic trilateral partnership, USAID/Brazil, implementing partner University of Florida (with partner Michigan State University), and ABC – working through EMBRAPA, FNDE (Brazil’s agricultural research and nutrition education institutions) and RENOVE (a network of Brazilian renewable energy NGOs) will leverage Brazil’s relationship with the Governments of Mozambique, Honduras and Haiti to complement existing USG and Brazilian efforts to strengthen nutrition and food security.
Brazil’s global influence and role as a regional anchor for agriculture and food security made it a natural strategic partner in the U.S. government’s Feed the Future presidential initiative. To date, USAID has signed three food security cooperation agreements with Brazil in this area. The trilateral cooperation in Mozambique focuses on fruits, vegetables, food agro-processing, joint agricultural research, school feeding programs, and technology innovation, while our collaboration in Haiti aims to improve conventional and bio-fortified crops, promote land-use technologies, and provide technical assistance for mango production, as well as facilitating exchange programs and training. The agreement in Honduras will improve agricultural competitiveness (especially with cashew, honey and sesame), nutrition and health, and renewable energy for rural households. Trilateral collaboration in Haiti aims to improve conventional and bio-fortified crops, promote land-use technologies, and provide technical assistance for mango production. Success in these countries and recognition that the USAID-ABC partnership model is working effectively is leading to additional trilateral assistance requests and opportunities.
Last updated: January 15, 2014