Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: Feed the Future Announcement at Mlandizi Farm Women’s Cooperative
I am very honored to be here, and I want to thank the prime minister for joining me for this special announcement. And I also want to thank members of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania,the Upendo Women’s Group, Fintrac, and our many other Feed the Future partners. And to the women I met just now at the greenhouse, I am so delighted to be with you.
This is a wonderful place to be, and a very good example of our work together in Tanzania at a women’s cooperative farm, supported by USAID and located in the southern growth corridor, which is exactly where we believe profound transformation can occur in your country, because where women learn the best ways to grow and cultivate their own nutritious food which they use to feed their children and sell at market, we see progress. And I appreciate the opportunity, along with the prime minister, to plant a sweet potato seedling.
I am aware that most people in Tanzania go to work on plots like the ones we see around us today. Three out of every four people in this country earn their living through agriculture, and they produce 25 percent of the economy. But they often labor against quite difficult obstacles.