James and Ott worked together with school cooks to identify three vegetables to grow in their garden: tomatoes, green peppers and aleefua, a locally-produced dark leafy green. This combination of crops would allow the students to increase their access to Vitamin A and dietary iron, two common micronutrient deficiencies in Ghana.
In recent years, as OPIC has increased its focus on renewable resources, it has supported investments not just in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, but also in clean water, forest preservation and sustainable agriculture, all essential to feeding an increasingly populous planet.
With an emphasis on rigorous assessment tools, MCC brings greater accountability to U.S. Government food security programs by investing in independent impact evaluations that help show whether positive changes – such as increases in farmer income – are caused specifically by U.S. assistance.
Among the groups we work with are some of food security’s unsung heroes: the smallholder farmers who grow nutritious crops to feed their families; young people who are rapidly shaping the future of the African continent; and women and girls who often lack equal opportunity, but whose empowerment could help reduce hungry people in the world by up to 150 million.