The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Signature Event, "Investing in Women for Peace and Prosperity" provided meaningful discussion on improving gender equality and female empowerment in Africa. Dr. Jill Biden's comments included stories about women she met on her recent trip to Africa and their perseverance in the face of medical issues, sexual violence, cost of higher education and conflict. Ambassador Samantha Power posed thoughtful questions and reinforced U.S. commitment to gender issues.
Despite the challenges in 2012 due to the political instability and food insecurity, many important results were achieved.
Mali’s Feed the Future strategy will launch a new generation of rural entrepreneurs through the development of agricultural and health systems , the introduction of technological innovations and by building institutional capacity to spur a private sector-led approach to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger in Mali.
Like much of the Sahel, Mali is subject to frequent droughts and experiences a significant variability in annual rainfall. Climate change is expected to increase local temperatures, the variability of rainfall, and the magnitude of extreme weather events. With more than 80 percent of Mali’s population dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, which is predominantly rainfed, they are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is led by USAID and implemented with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was launched in 2005 as a billion dollar commitment to reduce the burden of malaria in Africa. The goal is to reach 450 million people and to remove malaria as a major public health problem.
Last updated: February 18, 2015