U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, ad interim, Michael Pelletier, and Consul General in Kolkata, Ms. Helen LaFave, commended the important work our two countries are doing to help farmers in Bihar improve agriculture productivity and cope with climate stresses. On their visit today to one of the projects supported by the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) in Bihar, they underscored that the U.S.-India partnership is based on the joint commitment to improve agriculture productivity and climate resilience, and increase farm profits.
The United States and India launched the program “Partnerships Beyond Borders” to promote HIV/AIDS best practices and innovations between Indian and African companies.
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting recovery activities for vulnerable Cyclone Phailin-affected communities by providing $3.4 million to non-governmental organizations.
Today, the World Health Organization certifies the South-East Asia Region polio-free, marking another major milestone in the global fight against polio, and a significant step to protect all children against this debilitating, but preventable disease. Southeast Asia is the fourth WHO region to be certified polio-free, joining the Americas (1994), and the Western Pacific (2000) and European (2002) regions.
The United States and India launched a reading initiative to improve the reading skills of millions of primary school-aged children in India. The READ (Read-Engage-Achieve-Dream) Alliance is a $3.2 million partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indian Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS).
Last updated: July 24, 2014