USAID, AGRA partner towards reducing hunger, poverty in Africa

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on Monday announced multi-million dollar partnership towards reducing hunger and poverty in Africa.

In a statement, issued by AGRA and obtained by PANA, the ''Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership'' is said to be a US$ 47 million, three-year deal intended to accelerate small holder farmer's access to transformative agricultural technologies.

It was further stated that the partnership would work in four countries within the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security -- Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania .

Under the partnership, governments in those countries would be helped to strengthen their seed sectors and promote the commercialization, distribution and adoption of improved seeds and other key technologies.

According to the statement, the partnership is aimed towards increasing production of high-quality seeds by 45 percent in three years and ensuring that 40 percent more farmers gain access to innovative agricultural technologies.

''When the New Alliance was launched, President Obama and others pledged to leverage technology’s transformative potential by taking innovation to scale,'' the statement noted.

USAID's administrator, Rajiv Shah, was also quoted as saying that the partnership would help strengthen seed sectors, including regulatory systems, and create new local seed companies in Africa.

Shah added that it would ensure that game-changing technologies could reach and improve the lives of millions of smallholders.

“The United States will continue to support this and other New Alliance efforts through Feed the Future, President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative,” the USAID administrator added.
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01 july 2013 16:51:47




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