One Acre Fund Applauds Nomination of Green To Lead USAID

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May 11, 2017 Category: News Tags:

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Ambassador Mark Green (center) | Photo: Legatum Institute

One Acre Fund is delighted with the news that Ambassador Mark Green will be nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next administrator of USAID. Green has deep diplomatic experience, and as a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, he has demonstrated a commitment to global development and to addressing the challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Ambassador Green clearly understands the issues and is a proponent of smart aid policy,” said David Hong, global senior policy analyst at One Acre Fund. “We hope he will continue to prioritize agricultural development and food security at USAID, and ensure that the agency’s resources and policies align with the needs of smallholder farmers.”

A central component of USAID’s mission is to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. Given that 70 percent of the world’s poorest people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, this mission is best met when smallholder farmers are put at the center.