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Agriculture and Food Security

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Improving the yields of crops like rice improves incomes and health


USAID’s agriculture and food security program helps increase agricultural productivity, expand market participation, increase resilience of vulnerable households, improve business enabling environment and increase access to finance.  Since 2012, the U.S Government Feed the Future Initiative has helped 800,000 farmers acquire improved seeds, fertilizers, tools, and access to markets.  We help create an environment for agricultural growth and business development by building the capacity of policy analysts to advocate for improved trade and transportation infrastructure. We also promote laws and regulations to improve dissemination of agricultural technologies by the private sector

Our focus is on rice, aquaculture, maize, cowpea and soy production linking farmers to specialized markets, which increases overall competitiveness, incomes, and employment in the agricultural sector. These activities reduce poverty by increasing incomes, improving nutrition, and building household resilience to external shocks.


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Last updated: October 28, 2016

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