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Announced at Grow Africa’s Investment Forum, the Agriculture Fast Track will spur agriculture infrastructure development in countries that are members of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, strengthening the links from farmers to markets to tables.
Yesterday, at the G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced the release of exciting new datasets and tools that increase transparency and provide the fuel for innovators and decision makers to solve problems.
The conference will bring together innovators, food security experts, data scientists, and policy makers from around the world to discuss the importance of open agricultural data to increased food security.
Washington State Universitywill lead a new effort to develop wheat varieties that are better at tolerating the high temperatures found in most of the world’s growing regions—temperatures that are likely to increase with global warming.
The meeting highlighted the efforts of the Guatemalan Government to achieve sustainable results. Assistant to the Administrator Weisenfeld referred to Feed the Future’s efforts to support countries advance their food security priorities well as the importance of partner country ownership for the sustainability of such efforts and welcomed Guatemala’s prioritization of nutrition as part of its strategy to address hunger.
The U.S. Agency for International Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with Ethiopia and DuPont to boost maize harvests through increased use of hybrid maize seed, improved seed distribution, and post-harvest storage.
"This new research will help us solve critical production and disease constraints in common bean, the most important grain legume in human diets," said Julie Howard, Chief Scientist with USAID's Bureau for Food Security.
As part of President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative in Ethiopia, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched a new five-year project called “Livestock Market Development” in support of the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Plan.