Administrator Samantha Power on Iowa PBS’ Market to Market

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Foreign dignitaries, trade representatives, government officials, and members of private industry gathered to celebrate the awarding of the World Food Prize. Prior to the Laureate ceremony - a series of speeches and breakout sessions were held under the banner of the Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue.

ADMINISTRATOR POWER: In response, USAID is investing in the food systems that farmers, but especially women farmers, rely on, systems that weren’t necessarily designed – weren’t designed – with women in mind. Food systems include expanding access to new seeds, digital innovations, and financial resources, as well as ways to store excess harvests and prevent food loss.

ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Well, our objective is to close our doors. And putting to one side our objective, the objective of the communities in which we work, is to be self-reliant. I think the importance of what you might call customization cannot be overstated when it comes to seeds, fertilizer, and other inputs. And I think that there was in the past a little bit of a one-size-fits-all approach by donors, by a variety of agricultural ministries, in places that were seeking to make their land more productive. I think now you see that there is this knowledge.

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