The lack of available fertilizer blends customized to Ethiopia’s soil, the local production cost advantage over importation and the benefits of in-country production to the Ethiopian agribusiness sector led to the establishment of this blended fertilizer factory in Ethiopia.
Bina and Harun’s story is just one of many in Bangladesh of small-scale fish farmers who have taken their businesses to the next level through an innovative partnership that links Feed the Future’s long-term food security programs with USAID’s Office of Food for Peace to scale up aquaculture as a pathway to development.
My grandfather believed that everyone has the moral right to food and an education. Business as usual won’t adequately address the challenges we face in feeding the world or get us to this reality. We need fresh ideas and open minds.
May 22, 2014|Chicago Council Symposium on Global Food Security
Throughout human history, the world has struggled with hunger and famine. For as long as mankind has cultivated crops, we’ve contended with drought and blight. But, in the past few decades, we’ve gained the tools to write a different future for humanity.
In Ethiopia, where agriculture accounts for almost half of the country’s GDP and is the main source of income for more than 85 percent of the population, improvements in quality life often depend on what families are able to harvest and sell at market.
Global leaders today praised President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative for reaching nearly 7 million smallholder farmers and helping to save 12.5 million children from the threat of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition in just the last year alone.