FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2019
U.S. promotes inclusive agriculture-led growth in Kachin State
Myitkyina – U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel met with more than 60 members of the Kachin State agriculture sector. They discussed how the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Agriculture and Food-Systems Development activity can help overcome constraints that farmers and the private sector face in improving agriculture livelihoods.
“The United States is committed to supporting inclusive agriculture-led economic growth in Kachin State. USAID recently expanded its agriculture activities to include Kachin State,” said Ambassador Marciel. “The Agriculture and Food-Systems Development Activity is the first USAID agriculture program to expand into Kachin State.”
The Agriculture and Food-Systems Development Activity is a five year, $38 million activity, and is expected to reach over 125,000 individuals in Kachin State, Shan State, and the central dry zone. This U.S. support aims to increase sales by $42 million by farmers and firms, catalyze $20 million in private sector investment, and facilitate 3,500 new full-time jobs.
The Ambassador asked questions of farmers, producers, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, local and international development organizations, representatives of the private sector, business and industry association leaders, and Kachin Government representatives. The information shared by the participants will inform how U.S. investments can support the private sector to expand and improve the delivery of services. This includes providing inputs such as seeds to rural farmers, as well as purchasing high-value raw and processed goods from farmers. This approach will create more inclusive livelihood opportunities for diverse communities in Kachin State.
“The United States is committed to implementing development assistance programs in an open, transparent manner. Today’s consultations are part of this effort.” Ambassador Marciel said at the workshop. He added, “We are here to listen and learn.”
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