For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON D.C. – The United States is pleased to support kick-off workshops for implementation of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Cooperation Frameworks in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania. Announced by President Obama in May 2012 prior to the G8 Summit at Camp David, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition represents a commitment by G8 nations, African partner countries and private sector partners to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained agricultural growth.
The workshops will focus on the implementation of actions outlined in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Cooperation Frameworks to accelerate country plans and priorities for improved food security and nutrition. They will also address alignment of expanded public and private agricultural investments to help ensure that this implementation complements existing efforts to support food security, nutrition, and inclusive economic growth through development of the agricultural sector.
Led by the respective host country government partners, the workshops will include participation from African and G8 country government officials, international donors, private sector partners, and civil society groups. They will be held on August 21 in Ethiopia, August 29 in Ghana, and September 6-7 in Tanzania.
The United States supports the New Alliance through Feed the Future, President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative. Led by USAID, Feed the Future harnesses the strengths of partner U.S. Government organizations, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and civil society groups to help reduce poverty and undernutrition through agriculture-led growth.
With cooperation frameworks initially launching in Tanzania, Ghana and Ethiopia, the New Alliance will expand to other African countries. The New Alliance strengthens ongoing global food security efforts and nutrition efforts by combining assistance with effective policies driven by African governments, increased private sector investment, a focus on managing risk and new tools to scale innovation. To date, over 45 multinational and African companies have committed to specific agricultural investments that total more than $3 billion and span all areas of the agricultural value chain, including irrigation, crop protection, financing and infrastructure.
For more information on the New Alliance, please see http://www.feedthefuture.gov/article/food-security-and-g8-summit.
Last updated: August 20, 2012