Building on the strong support for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that President Obama reaffirmed at the ASEAN-United States Leaders Meeting in November, Feed the Future is launching a new program to help strengthen the regional organization’s ability to ensure food security for its 600 million citizens.
The program’s new focus on the private sector follows on the first-ever formal dialogue between ASEAN agriculture ministers and agribusinesses at the November meeting. USAID will manage the three-year project, called Maximizing Agricultural Revenue through Knowledge, Enterprise Development, and Trade, or MARKET.
This project will promote the role of the private sector and public-private dialogue on food security policies and solutions. It also aims to strengthen food-related trade efficiency and information technology systems within ASEAN member states.