The U.S. Agency for International Development West Africa Mission and the Sahel permanent interstate committee for drought control in Accra, Ghana signed a USD113 million agreement to prolong the life of the two institutions’ food security initiative in the region. “The five-year extension and expansion is one of the steps the US is taking to re-affirm our support to promote food security in four areas – increasing agricultural sector productivity and food security, improving regional agricultural and trade policies, conserving natural resources and biodiversity, and improving water supply and sanitation in West Africa,” according to a statement. Of the sum, more than USD19 million is expected to be released in 2009. (“US moves to boost food security in West Africa” - Panafrican News Agency, Sept. 26, 2008)

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