It’s been a year since Nimna Diayte met President Obama in Senegal when he stopped by for a chat at her booth at the Feed the Future Agricultural Technology Marketplace. The president was impressed by Nimna’s can-do attitude and the way she had become a community leader and entrepreneur. Nimna made quite the impression! In fact, President Obama even mentioned her last week during a discussion at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, DC.
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We sat down to chat with Feed the Future’s deputy coordinator for development, Tjada McKenna, about Feed the Future, its latest results, and where we’re at in the fight to end hunger.
Twenty years ago Tajikistan was in civil conflict and gripped by a food crisis. Today, says USAID’s Regional Mission Director for the Central Asia Republics Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, the panorama is vastly different and more hopeful from what he once witnessed. Feed the Future is an important part of that transformation.
When President Obama took office, the world was mired in the midst of food, fuel, and financial turmoil that pushed millions of people back to the precipice of poverty. In 2007 and 2008, food prices hit all-time highs, sending prices for basic staples like rice and wheat beyond the reach of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Every year, heads of state and cabinet officials from across Africa gather in Addis Ababa to meet with political, civil society, and business leaders at the annual African Union Summit. Last week, I was honored to lead the USAID delegation to my first AU Summit. The AU’s role is critical to the future of Africa.
So, you’re interested in how your business can team up with the Feed the Future initiative. Or, maybe you’re just a food or agriculture business with resources, expertise, and a desire to help the poor and expand into new markets.