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March 9, 2009

BAGHDAD, IRAQ -The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Christopher D. Crowley and Future Agriculture Development Organization (FADO) Chairman Hyder Mohan participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to begin a program that will help invigorate Iraq's horticultural industry.

The planting and distribution of 50,000 high-yield grape vine and fruit tree-stock grown in California nurseries is part of USAID's Inma Agribusiness Program to assist farmers in their efforts to revitalize Iraq's once vibrant orchards and vineyards.

March 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - MARCH 9, 2009 - Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Counselor Lisa Chiles administered the oath of office to William Hammink as the agency's new director in Sudan. Sudan is facing a critical time in its development, and the U.S. government is continuing its commitment to supporting the peace process and saving lives. The U.S. government is the largest donor to Sudan, and Hammink will manage USAID's program, which amounts to nearly a billion dollars a year.

March 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will host U.S. Representative Betty McCollum from Minnesota and a distinguished panel of speakers to honor International Women's Day. The event will take place at the USAID headquarters in the Ronald Reagan Building on March 10.

March 6, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) announced February 20 the launched of a new initiative that will use OPIC's Enterprise Development Network (EDN) to provide technical assistance to small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in sub-Saharan Africa.

March 5, 2009

AMMAN, JORDAN - At a ceremony yesterday hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development's Acting Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and Her Excellency Ms. Maha Khatib, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, USAID launched its new tourism initiative designed to support the tourism industry in Jordan and improve its competitiveness. Under the new initiative, USAID will provide support for three new projects over the next five years.

March 4, 2009

BAGHDAD, IRAQ -Iraqi Minister of Water Resources Dr. Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Thomas R. Delaney today inaugurated an irrigation symposium focused on improving farm productivity through effective water management and crop selection.

March 3, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the past year, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Child Blindness Program assisted over one million people through eye health education, comprehensive vision screening, refractive error correction, sight-restoring surgery, and education for blind children.

February 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 in response to the heavy rainfall on February 15 and 16 in Columbia. Due to the rains, the Mira River in southwestern Colombia overflowed, causing extensive flooding in Tumaco municipality, Nariño Department in Colombia which left at least one dead and affected an estimated 31,250 people.

February 27, 2009

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over management for pension reform assistance to the World Bank today. USAID's economic advisors, in conjunction with its Iraqi counterparts, drafted a progressive pension law and introduced structural changes to deliver sustainable and adequate retirement incomes for past and present Iraqi government employees.

February 26, 2009

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - William R. Brownfield, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia; Ana Noguera, Vice-Minister of Labor Affairs; Marcelo Castro Fox, Director of the International Labor Organization and Teresa Casertano, Solidarity Center's Regional Program Director for Latin America, launched Trade Union Strengthening in Colombia, a new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded labor rights and union strengthening program.

February 25, 2009

CHIMOIO, MOZAMBIQUE - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Coca-Cola have formed a global alliance - the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) - to provide clean, potable water to Mozambique's sixth largest urban region, Chimoio. This alliance brings together funding commitments from all partners totaling about $1.79 million, of which $500,000 comes from USAID.

February 20, 2009

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Karkh District Council, neighborhood councils, and the U.S. military, opened the Al Shawakeh Fish Market today to stimulate employment and business opportunities in the community.

In his remarks at the opening, USAID Deputy Mission Director Thomas R. Delaney said, "The revival of this market shows how committed the Iraqis are in seeing their economy-and people-recover and grow." He also said he hoped that the market will be seen as a center of community pride and prosperity

February 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's first foreign trip involved several Asian countries and also included a site visit to a USAID project in Indonesia. During the day she spent in Jakarta, she met with the President, Prime Minister and Secretary General for ASEAN. As part of her ongoing dialogue with Indonesian counterparts, she repeatedly emphasized the need for cooperation and the importance of development.

February 19, 2009

DAKAR, SENEGAL - A focus on vulnerable and street children, a new curriculum to promote good governance, an emphasis on developing stronger relationships with the private sector, and a initiative to promote wireless Internet access, are part of a new, five-year basic education program launched this week by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Senegal.

The $40 million program will be implemented in 10 of 14 regions in Senegal. Working closely with the Ministry of Education, USAID will:

February 13, 2009

Bogotá, Colombia - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Colombia is launching an initiative to market high-quality, socially-responsible Colombian products for retail sale in the United States.

USAID facilitated an alliance between Tecnovo, an NGO that provides support to people affected by armed conflict, and Grower-2-Buyer, a Miami-based company which distributes fresh-cut Colombian flowers to 174 wholesalers and 11 supermarket chains in the United States and Canada.

February 11, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The collapse of the health system has left the people of Zimbabwe at great risk of contracting illnesses such as cholera, which claimed more than 3,400 lives, and increased the threat of a malaria epidemic.

To help mitigate a malaria outbreak, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting emergency indoor residual spraying to fill gaps in the country's traditionally strong malaria control program.

February 6, 2009

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing assistance after a caterpillar infestation in Liberia has destroyed crops, contaminated water supplies, and temporarily forced residents from homes and farms in three counties in northern and central Liberia, particularly Bong County.

January 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to provide assistance to the people of Zimbabwe in the aftermath of a widespread cholera outbreak that began in August 2008. USAID is consigning nearly 440,000 bars of soap-valued at nearly $365,000-to the U.N. Children's Fund, which will provide it to humanitarian organizations to distribute as part of hygiene education programs in areas most affected by the cholera outbreak.

January 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Secretary (ES) Alonzo L. Fulgham has been designated by the White House as Acting Administrator of the agency. Fulgham also serves as Coordinator of the Agency's Transition Efforts. He has served as the COO and ES since August 2006.

January 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy on January 23, 2009. USAID is implementing this change immediately and issued an official notice informing its field offices worldwide. Additional specific guidance for USAID agreements officers will be issued later today.

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