New Feed the Future Program Launched
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Contributors: USAID Impact Nov 16 2012 Vol 3 NewsletterUSAID
Feed the Future's new Partnering for Innovation program formally launched on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The program, supported through USAID and Fintrac Inc. aims to engage the private sector and put transformational technologies into the hands of smallholder farmers in developing countries to quickly and sustainably improve their productivity and incomes.
Senior leaders from agribusiness companies, the U.S. Government, research organizations, and the development community gathered at the event, where organizers outlined the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program's four primary components. These include an emphasis on identifying, promoting and commercializing agricultural technologies for smallholder farmers; developing robust industry partnerships with private and public sector markets; capturing best practices for effective engagement; and managing knowledge and promoting partnerships. These efforts directly support Feed the Future's primary goal of reducing global poverty and undernutrition.
"By fostering partnerships and promoting innovation, we can help unlock the potential of small-scale farmers and catalyze broad-based economic growth and trade to advance global food security," said Tjada McKenna, Feed the Future's deputy coordinator for development.