We are here today to help address the fact that almost 1 billion people across the globe go to bed hungry every night. To meet the needs of a world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production will need to increase by at least 60 percent.
There is a strong consensus that agriculture plays a crucial role in any effort to reduce global poverty and hunger. Studies suggest that every one percent increase in agricultural income per capita reduces the number of people living in extreme poverty by between 0.6 and 1.8 percent.
The goal of USAID’s support to technology in Cambodia is to bring tangible benefits to citizens and effect positive change through improved communications and access to information. I hope that as you participate in the BarCamp, you will consider how you can combine your skills, what you learn here, and emerging technologies to contribute to a brighter future for Cambodia. This is a chance for Cambodia to become, in the words of USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, “a country that believes that dedication and innovation are the only things needed to bridge the gap between the inconceivable and the achievable.”
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded certificates to 26 mid-career professionals for the successful completion of its Program Evaluation Short Course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia today. USAID’s Program Evaluation Short Course, managed by Michigan State University in cooperation with Cambodia’s Royal University of Agriculture, is funded under the Feed the Future program, U.S. President Barack Obama’s global initiative to address food security.
On May 31, 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Relief Assistance (OFDA) is providing $200,000 to support the Humanitarian Response Forum (HRF) in Cambodia.
Last updated: December 19, 2014