On the second day of his visit to Zambia, Administrator Power visited Good Nature Agro Company (GNA), one of the largest suppliers and exporters of legume seeds in Zambia. The administrator visited the GNA seed warehouse and spoke with staff and food safety experts about how private sector partnerships are supporting Zambia’s agricultural sector and helping Zambia increase their regional exports to provide food for other African countries as the world faces a severe food security crisis.
He highlighted President Biden’s recent announcement that the United States was expanding Feed the Future, the US government’s global food security initiative, with Zambia as one of eight new target countries, and said that USAID would invest $9 million in Zambia to expand food delivery. efficient. agricultural inputs to the most vulnerable farmers, including women farmers, stimulate investment in new fertilizer sources, and engage the private sector to reduce high fertilizer costs. Administrators too launched a new $30 million trading and investment program in Zambia it is called TradeBoost. This program is part of USAID’s continent-wide Africa Trade and Investment program, part of the US Government’s Prosperous Africa initiative. TradeBoost will strengthen market intelligence, increase investment in Zambian businesses, and direct targeted trade facilitation assistance to Zambian businesses to reach regional and international markets. She also announced a planned five-year initiative worth $14 million designed to spur economic development in Zambia.
Administrator Power then met with the Minister of Finance and National Planning and the Minister of Agriculture. They talked about tackling macroeconomic challenges and creating an enabling environment that would increase international investment in Zambia. They discussed the ongoing food crisis facing many countries in Africa and ways the United States and USAID can help Zambia increase agricultural output and increase their important food exports to the continent. The administrator expressed USAID’s readiness to help Zambia meet its food needs by working together to increase the amount of arable land used by Zambian farmers and urged them to continue working to reform the Farmer Input Subsidy Programme,
Later that day, Administrator Power met with President Hakainde Hichilema at the State House. The two discussed cooperation on commitments to strengthen democracy, anti-corruption efforts and increasing food insecurity, as well as the need to continue rapid work to enact important reforms set out by the New Dawn Administration. Administrator Power highlighted USAID’s plans to provide additional assistance to democratization efforts in Zambia and reaffirmed the US government’s commitment to helping the government deliver tangible benefits to the people of Zambia.
In the evening, Administrator joined the youth leaders gathered at the University of Zambia to discuss the role of youth in civic activism. Young leaders share how they champion accountability and citizen-led engagement on issues they care about from climate change to gender equality.
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Administrator Samantha Power Meets with President Hakainde Hichilema, Youth Leader and Cabinet Minister in Lusaka, and Visits Good Nature Agro Company
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