New Private Sector-Focused Program to Help U.S., ASEAN Deepen Food Security Cooperation

December 20, 2011

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.