For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith announced a new report in Nairobi, Kenya today that expands the U.S. Government's vision for ending global hunger, poverty, and undernutrition over the next 15 years.
The new report, A Food-Secure 2030, embodies the U.S. Government's approach to food security through Feed the Future and calls for developing country governments to lead by mobilizing the resources, partnerships, and policies that are required for success; donors to renew and expand their resources; private sector to deepen their engagement and investment; and civil society to utilize their collective voice and support to help translate commitments into action.
"President Obama's Feed the Future initiative is delivering transformative results for farmers and their communities around the world, and the recently enacted Global Food Security Act - the largest development authorization the U.S. Congress has made in a decade - ensures these efforts will continue into the future," said Administrator Smith. "Today, we are thrilled to build on our longstanding commitment with our global vision for a food-secure 2030."
Putting this vision into practice, Administrator Smith signed a memorandum of understanding with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to deepen USAID's ongoing coordination with the organization. Through this agreement, the U.S. Government and AGRA will work together in a range of areas relevant to achieving food security in Africa, such as local and regional policy, agricultural market development, and improved seed systems.
"The United States has played a central role in supporting the progress we've achieved in food security and agricultural growth over the last decade. I'm thrilled to see the United States recommit their support and call on the global community to unite around a shared vision for achieving food security in the years ahead, and AGRA is eager to continue working with Feed the Future to make the vision a reality," said Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA.
"As Heads of State and Government, as well as business leaders, are stepping up to make new public commitments to investing in their own countries' food security and nutrition, now is the moment for development agencies and other donors to seize the moment, embrace this call to action and support Africa in achieving its vision of a prosperous future free of poverty and hunger," said Strive Masiyiwa, AGRA Board Chair and Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Wireless International.
To learn more about A Food-Secure 2030, visit www.feedthefuture.gov.
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