The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Corteva Agriscience (the agriculture division of Dow DuPont) signed a memorandum of understanding to expand on a “collaboration [that] will help ensure that developing countries will have better access to America’s greatest agricultural innovations and technologies. Innovations like advanced seeds and better harvest storage. American businesses will have more predictable, profitable access to new and growing markets for their products and services”.
This MOU aims to expand scaling agricultural technology to Agrica’s smallholder farmers. As part of USAID’s Feed the Future initiative, Corteva can enable farmers to use new seed technology and other farming innovation to the rapidly growing sector on the continent.
IGD believes this new partnership will benefit Africa’s agricultural sector and help to progress smallholder farmers for a better yield and harvest.
You can read Administrator Mark Green’s full remarks here: https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/nov-9-2018-administrator-mark-green-remarks-mou-corteva-agriscience
H.R. 6018, a Bill introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) is an Act to establish an interagency program to assist countries in North and West Africa to improve immediate and long-term capabilities to counter terrorist threats, and for other purposes. This Act looks to bring together the Defense Department with USAID to coordinate activities relating to security, military, and anti-terrorism efforts in North and West Africa. On November 14th, the Bill was received in the Senate and read twice before being referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
H.R. 6651, a Bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) looking to extend certain authorities relating to United States efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria globally, and for other purposes was passed in the House and introduced into the Senate on November 13th.
IGD is closely following the progress that the MOU between USAID and Corteva Agrisciences will have on Africa’s agriculture sector as well as the two Bills in Congress.