US Taps NGOs for Feed the Future

Agricultural experts in Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development seeks to partner with non-governmental organizations working in Kenya and other priority countries to implement the U.S. Feed the Future program. Photo by: Anne Wangalachi / International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah has announced new grant opportunities for non-governmental organizations under Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s flagship program for promoting food security.

In a Jan. 4 consultation with faith-based and nonprofit organizations, Shah fleshed out USAID’s procurement reforms and a new grant that will help to engage NGOs in executing the initiative.

Shah unveiled a USD10 million grant scheme that is designed to promote new approaches for accelerating the effects of economic growth on impoverished communities. Applications will be accepted initially from NGOs working in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali and Bangladesh.

USAID will also allow NGOs to compete for grants or cooperative agreements in 20 priority nations of Feed the Future, Shah said. These partner nations will also host consultations with NGOs. Ghana, Tanzania and Bangladesh are expected to carry out these discussions within the next two months.

The USAID chief also invited NGOs to partner with the agency’s program for training Africans and building African institutions.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.