Saturday, October 22, 2022

Des Moines, Iowa

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.

Samantha Power Tom Vilsack World Food Prize Foundation
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