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Todd Sorenson, Acting Director of the USAID Regional Misssion for Asia, speaks at the Asia Regional Agricultural Innovation Summ
Todd Sorenson, Acting Director of the USAID Regional Misssion for Asia, speaks at the Asia Regional Agricultural Innovation Summit 2016
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Director General of Agriculture from Sri Lanka, Dr. Rohan Wijekoon
Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID Justin Finnegan,
Distinguished guests and representatives, ladies and gentlemen:

Good Morning and welcome to the inaugural Asia Regional Agriculture Innovation Summit. It is an honor to be here today to discuss an issue close to my heart: helping smallholder farmers in some of the poorest areas in South and Southeast Asia. 

Farming is hard work in the best of circumstances, but the challenges that smallholder farmers in Asia face are immense. Smallholders face difficulties across the entire value chain – difficulties in getting financial services to invest in their fields and protect their investments; difficulties in accessing appropriate, genuine, inputs like seeds and fertilizers; difficulties in accessing stable and equitable markets.  

And on top of it all, farmers are facing changing climate unpredictabilities that jeopardize many of their traditional crops, their planting seasons, and harvesting methods. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:45pm

As graduates of a school of public policy – and one of the finest at that – you will have plenty of opportunities in front of you to seek personal pride, and to fulfill personal ambitions. But you will also have opportunities to leave the world a better place than you found it.  

I hope you’ll remember that this is a privilege, and an extraordinary one at that. And I hope you’ll remember that there is something bigger than you out there, and that it’s worth pursuing.

Because, as it turns out, when you remove yourself from the equation a bit, and when you remember that everything really isn’t about you, that’s when you do your best work. And that’s when you can have a real impact on the world.

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 11:00pm

Honorable Minister, Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor to address this gathering as you discuss the creation of a Right to Information bill designed to enhance citizens’ access to transparency and insight about their government. Any democracy requires that government officials be accountable to the citizens who elected them, and that accountability requires transparency.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 11:00pm

We are here to inaugurate the use of the power systems modeling tool PLEXOS, by Energy Exemplar, under our joint Clean Energy Program: the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment – PACE-D. Power systems modeling is a core element of the newest addition to PACE-D called Greening the Grid, which focuses on large-scale integration of renewable energy.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 10:45pm

It is encouraging to see India's large and vibrant private sector focusing on new approaches to improve social and development outcomes, working together with the public sector in order to be more effective.  This is especially important because the private sector can provide critical insights on market dynamics and new opportunities while the publc sector has a mandate to make these improvements sustainable and extend them even further.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:00pm

At USAID, we believe that every mother and child should be given the opportunity to survive and grow. Ending preventable child and maternal deaths means, first, giving children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality antenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:30am

Good morning everyone. Salam Alaikum.

First, I would like to recognize his Excellency CEO Dr. Abdullah, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Dr. Sima Samar, Dr. Sorabi and other distinguished guests who are here with us today. The U.S. government is extremely proud to be partnering with you and with the Afghan Government on Musharikat, on Promote and on women's issues, more generally.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:30am

The United States Government has been pleased to intensify its efforts with the Government and people of Zambia to increase energy generation and access through clean, renewable energy.  We believe the Industrial Development Corporation, or IDC/IFC Scaling Solar program offers an excellent example, and one we have been pleased to support under Power Africa.  U.S. President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative in 2013.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:15am

<p>Good morning,&nbsp;I am honored to be here today representing the United States Agency for International Development, better known as USAID. I bring you greetings from the United States Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Eric Schultz.&nbsp;I am delighted to join the Minister of Gender, Honorable Professor Nkandu Luo, all other ministers and members of parliament at this timely event to encourage a cohesive national response to prevent Gender-Based Violence and Child Marriage.&nbsp; We see this as an important forum for sharing ideas about how we can most effectively work together and leverage our unique roles in meeting this common goal.</p>

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:15am

Cabinet Secretary Dr. Mailu, Director of Medical Services Dr. Kioko, National Malaria Control Program Head Dr. Waqo, WHO Representative Dr. Mandhlate, Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning! It is my pleasure to join you all to observe World Malaria Day. Why do we commemorate World Malaria Day together every year? The answer is simple: malaria remains a serious threat to people’s health. Globally, malaria kills a child every two minutes. In Kenya, 70 percent of the population is at risk. Today we renew our resolve to eliminate this disease.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 1:15pm

If we bring together the knowledge of the development and humanitarian communities, I know we can find the solutions needed to transform the way we respond to crises. But for this community to continue to respond like you have to disaster after disaster and crisis after crisis, the whole world is going to have to step up. We have to expand the resources available to meet the high level of need, understanding that any contribution, no matter how small, is needed and impactful. Humanitarian response is a burden shared by all of humanity, and the way we finance it should reflect that.

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