Clinton Announces Africa Farm Aid

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a $70 million U.S. initiative to boost agricultural production in Tanzania. Visiting a cooperative farm outside of the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam, Clinton hailed the work of Tanzanian farmers and lauded the Upendo coop as an exemplary product of U.S. and African cooperation.

The aid is part of the Feed the Future program, which seeks address the root causes of hunger, poverty, food insecurity, and under-nutrition. Clinton noted that while the country was largely self-sufficient in some staple crop production, many Tanzanian farmers lacked access to the necessary tools and capital to efficiently and effectively work the soil. The partnership with Tanzanian, one of four countries participating in the U.S. backed Partnership for Growth, will help make the African nation a model for agricultural reform and transformation.

Clinton also noted the important role that female farmers had in transforming Tanzania’s agricultural reforms. In a speech she gave at the coop, Clinton stated, “And we think that is a very good result. We hope that you will become not only a model for the country, but you will become a model for all of Africa. The women here are pioneers and leaders in taking agriculture across the continent.”

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer