The Mekong is among the world's longest rivers, flowing 4,800 kilometers from the Tibetan plateau through six nations to its delta in Vietnam. The river and its tributaries contain the largest freshwater fishery in the world, producing 2.6 million tons annually, a food chain that relies on the nutrient rich sediment carried by the river. The river contains between 1,200 and 1,700 species of fish, making it the second most biodiverse river in the world. Many of these species must migrate a thousand kilometers or more upriver in order to spawn. This vast fishery supports some 60 million people along the Mekong and its watersheds, directly and indirectly, of whom 40 percent still live in poverty. Many of them depend on protein from the fish and the food grown along the river’s banks and floodplain, which receive nutrients during annual floods.
USAID and the Government of Jordan enjoy a 60-year development partnership. Today, one of USAID’s key priorities is supporting the government and the people of Jordan as they cope with the influx of refugees from the Syrian crisis. As a consequence of the growing number of refugees, Jordan is experiencing increasing housing costs, straining water resources and intensifying competition for employment. To address these issues, USAID is expanding existing programs and adding new ones to ease some of these tensions, particularly in northern host communities where the majority of refugees have taken up residence.
The United States government deeply regrets the Bolivian government's decision to expel the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We deny the baseless allegations made by the Bolivian government.
The Food Aid Reform proposal in the FY 2014 President’s Budget will reach more people in need by expanding the flexibility in our food assistance delivery while reducing average per person costs, addressing clear inefficiencies in P.L. 480 Title II (Title II), while allowing for the majority of emergency food aid to still be procured from the United States. This fact sheet details the total resources available for food aid under the reforms and how the reforms will allow USAID to reach more people and reduce the average cost per beneficiary. In addition, this fact sheet clarifies the overall International Disaster Assistance (IDA) request and explains how it is allocated between emergency food and non-food emergency needs.
The International Small Group Tree Planting Program, known as TIST, helps communities in and around Kenya’s forests plant trees to improve their lives. TIST harnesses the power of small groups who choose to unite for a common purpose and a better life.
Yes Youth Can Central is a youth empowerment program that is being implemented in Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Muranga counties as part of a national effort to avoid a repeat of the devastating violence that followed the 2007 elections in Kenya. Mobilized by angry politicians, youth were both the perpetrators and the victims of widespread violence that undermined the nation-state and peaceful ethnic co-existence.
The Kenya Primary Reading and Math Initiative is a research-based activity to improve the English and Kiswahili language and mathematics skills of Kenyan children by the end of Grade Two by 2015. Ensuring that children have the reading and mathematics skills they need to succeed in secondary school and the workforce is an important shared goal of the Government of Kenya and USAID. The program is working jointly with the Ministry of Education to evaluate successful pilot interventions in 500 primary schools and prepare to bring them to scale.
Last updated: June 17, 2013