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Karen Freeman speaks from a podium at the Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Conference
USAID Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman says the horticulture sector can contribute to inclusive economic growth in Kenya
Irene Angwenyi/USAID Kenya
Thursday, January 22, 2015

For generations, the United States has been a leader in providing development assistance to alleviate suffering in Kenya and across the globe.  But food price spikes and resulting instability in 2007 and 2008 were a wake-up call: More needed to be done to break the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty. Our answer was to unlock the potential of agriculture as the key to reducing hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition through an initiative that became Feed the Future.

In just a few short years, Feed the Future is already changing the face of hunger and poverty for Kenya, thanks in large part to the integration of hundreds of thousands of small holder farmers into the increasingly profitable horticulture sector.

Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy and central to the Government of Kenya’s development agenda.  Kenya’s agriculture sector accounts for more than half of the country’s GDP and employs more than 75 percent of the workforce, both directly and indirectly.  With a growing population and erratic climatic conditions, it is not hard to see the importance of increasing both the productivity and production of Kenya’s crops and developing the markets in which to sell them.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:00am

And we are especially honored to have Ethiopia’s First Lady join us this morning to officially open the conference. She has been a very important advocate for strengthening the role of women in the professional world, and her presence today also shows Ethiopia’s support for this important initiative that addresses the role of women in agribusiness.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 3:15am

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of normalized relations between the United States and Vietnam and look to the future, perhaps is there no greater opportunity to bring our two great nations together than on climate change and the environment. It is, therefore, truly an honor to speak on this topic so early in my tenure here in Vietnam and at such an important event.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 3:15am

Khi chúng ta cùng kỷ niệm 20 năm bình thường hóa quan hệ giữa Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ và hướng tới tương lai, có lẽ vấn đề biến đổi khí hậu và môi trường chính là cơ hội tốt nhất để đưa hai nước xích lại gần nhau. Vì vậy, đây thực sự là vinh hạnh cho tôi khi được phát biểu về vấn đề này vào đầu nhiệm kỳ của mình ở Việt Nam và trong một sự kiện quan trọng như thế này.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:00pm

Good morning all, and welcome to USAID’s second Mobile Solutions for Development Forum.  USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), along with our partner and event co-organizer, FHI360, is privileged to have close to 100 people here today, all with amazing backgrounds and experience - from the private sector, NGOs, and the academic community, to other donors, USAID staff, and implementing partners, from many countries in the region.  I am sure your discussions will be rich and productive!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 4:45am

This inaugural Vietnam Policymakers Seminar Series is co-organized by the USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth Program (GIG) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Academy of Policy Development (MPI/APD). The series of seminars has been developed to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices on policy analysis and a networking forum for mid-level Vietnamese government officials.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 7:30pm

Today’s ceremony demonstrates the U.S. Government’s ongoing commitment to help bring peace and stability in Mindanao. Graduates, we have no doubt that you will shape a more stable and prosperous future for the Philippines.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 1:45am

I am very pleased to be here with you all today to launch Inform Asia, a health research program that will be implemented by our partners RTI International and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre. We know that learning and knowledge-sharing are powerful accelerators of successful development, and in that way this activity will play an important role in helping us to achieve better health policy - and better health conditions - for the people of the region.

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:00pm

In my years as Mission Director of USAID in the Philippines, I have been a frequent visitor of Bohol, in work-related and personal capacities. I thoroughly enjoyed all those visits, not only because of Bohol’s unique attractions, but more importantly, the friendship and warm hospitality that the Boholanos offer. I’m sure I am not alone in feeling this way. I look forward to exploring your exhibit as I will surely discover new places that will persuade me to come back again. I may take advantage of the travel discounts myself.

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 9:45pm

I am pleased to be here with all of you today to launch the Professional Master’s Program in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management of the University of the Philippines. Through this effort, the U.S. Government continues to strengthen local institutions such as universities to become key partners in coastal and marine biodiversity conservation.

Friday, January 2, 2015 - 10:15am

First, I would like to thank our hosts, Ambassador Lena Nordstrom of Sweden and her entire team at SIDA and the Embassy.  The United States and Sweden have a very robust partnership that is helping Africa accelerate growth and eliminate extreme poverty.  In August, at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Sweden committed to provide up to $1 billion in capital to the Power Africa initiative, which is focused on helping provide 30,000 more megawatts of cleaner energy to Africans.  And, here in Zambia, SIDA and USAID jointly provide credit guarantees to the Zambia National Commercial Bank (“ZANACO”) to generate more than $9 million in lending to individuals and small businesses in the agricultural sector.

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Last updated: January 29, 2015

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