USAID Enlists More Private Sector Partners

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced Oct. 20 partnerships with three businesses: Swiss Re, HP and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

USAID’s three-year partnership with Swiss Re, a global leader in innovative risk management solutions, seeks to develop affordable, market-based tools to curb climate vulnerability in poor communities. The two have committed to work with Oxfam and the World Food Program in expanding the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative from Ethiopia to Senegal.

USAID also signed a memorandum of agreement with computing giant HP to collaborate in projects promoting science, technology, engineering and math programs, global health, and the development of responsible mineral trading schemes, as well as other initiatives supporting economic opportunity through entrepreneurship.

Meanwhile, the agency and the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee company, will expand their existing cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Future projects will focus on improving food security and nutrition, as well as helping certain rural areas where GMCR sources green coffee adapt to climate change.

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