U.S.-India Partnership to Improve Agricultural Productivity in African Countries

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

HYDERABAD - Today, U.S. Department of State Special Representative for Global Food Security, Jonathan Shrier (Acting), and Joint Secretary (Information Technology and Extension) Indian Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, visited the first agricultural training program of the India-U.S.-Africa triangular partnership. The United States Government is funding this training program through Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. This triangular partnership aims to improve agricultural productivity, strengthen agricultural value chains, and support market institutions in Kenya, Liberia, and Malawi.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shrier explained that, as part of the broader U.S.-India Agriculture Dialogue, our triangular engagement “will share proven innovations from India’s private and public sector to address food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty in the target African countries.”

Led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indian National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), this three-year training program will build the capacity of 180 agriculture professionals from the three African countries by providing extension management, agricultural marketing and agri-business training at MANAGE in Hyderabad and at the Chaudhary Charan Singh National Institute of Agricultural Marketing in Jaipur.

To learn more about Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative visit: www.feedthefuture.gov.