USAID partnership focuses on global food security
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Syngenta International AG, one of the world’s leading companies focused on increasing crop productivity and improving health and quality of life. The MOU broadens Syngenta and USAID’s partnership, and supports agriculture and food security activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
USAID and Syngenta’s collaborative efforts will include research and development, capacity building, and working with other agriculture and food security partners. USAID and Syngenta will work to advance agricultural development and food security goals that have been set by the governments of developing countries. These efforts will be supported by USAID and Feed the Future, a U.S. Government global hunger and food security initiative. USAID will also focus on increasing the use of technology and will expand access to tools like crop insurance and seed treatment.
USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah recently spoke about the importance of drought-tolerant seeds and crop insurance in food security, saying that USAID’s partnership with Syngenta would “reduce hunger and undernutrition across three different continents and help bring the end of extreme poverty within reach.” Mike Mack, Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta also stressed the important role public-private partnerships play in increasing farm productivity worldwide, saying that “ partnerships such as this, drawing on the strengths of each party, will be catalysts for transforming agriculture […]especially in developing markets.”
For more information on the USAID/Syngenta partnership, please follow the link below.
USAID, Syngenta Collaborate to Improve Global Food Security, USAID
Posted: May 14, 2013 by Simons Center
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