In Senegal, in collaboration with Michigan State University, we will have the official launch of a new training curriculum on Value Chain and Agri-Food Business.  The 4-semester Master’s Degree program is mainly aimed at regular fourth-year agricultural engineering students and includes tailor-made short-term training modules for working people.  The overall objective is to promote excellence beyond national boundaries and to generate a critical mass of skillful professionals that will lead to structural changes required for the development of domestic agriculture and its adaption to a global market economy.

In Nicaragua, we are promoting citizen participation through our Municipal Governance Program.  The first ten municipalities recently signed agreements with USAID’s Municipal Governance Program, a five-year program that will help improve local governance through transparent and effective management of public resources and active citizen engagement.  The program will also provide funding for the implementation of municipal service improvements and infrastructure projects.  To date, 30 municipalities, the majority located in food insecure regions of Nicaragua, have been invited to participate in the program. Selection criteria included political will, gender inclusiveness, level of citizen participation, geographic and political representativeness, among others.

In Afghanistan, we are kicking off April with many notable activities.  Including, the Kabul Girls’ School Opening, launch of the “Land Reform in Afghanistan” activity, Mazar Women’s Market opening and the grand reopening of Turquoise Mountain.