The partnership represents the continuation of the commitments made under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, an effort by African heads of state, corporate leaders and G8 members to increase food security and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, and takes note of the African Union Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges.
Under the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, USAID is assisting Cambodian farmers to diversify their incomes with different crops and seasonal rotations and engaging the private sector to provide services and agriculture inputs such as fertilizers and farming tools.
As numerous studies have outlined, including those by the World Bank and the FAO, climate-smart agriculture requires an integrated approach that is responsive to local conditions; and Feed the Future does just that.
At the end of the day, we remain committed to ensuring our assistance not only saves lives today, but reduces the risk of disaster tomorrow. From Syria to Somalia, we’re working to bring long-term food security to the 840 million people around the world who go to bed hungry every night.
Now that he is able to cultivate enough maize to meet his family’s food needs, Njambo has also diversified and started to grow cowpea, cassava, and pigeon pea for additional income. He wants to branch out into sesame and soybean production in the next planting season and expects to sell these crops for five times the price he could get for maize.
The significance of iron pearl millet extends beyond its nutritional potency; the variety released is also high-yielding and disease-tolerant. Iron pearl millet is also a climate-smart crop – its drought tolerance and efficient use of water makes it an increasingly critical food source in the face of climate change.