U.S. President Learns About Food and Nutrition Security Innovations in Ethiopia
This week, a special event was held at the Yirgacheffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union in Ethiopia to showcase President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future global hunger and food security initiative, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The event focused on accelerating agricultural development as an engine of broad-based economic growth, which can have a major impact in reducing hunger, poverty and malnutrition.
During his visit to Ethiopia, the President also visited Ethiopian food company, FAFFA Food, which is in collaboration with DuPont Nutrition & Health to produce the only fortified soy (SaBa) milk powder product in Ethiopia. FAFFA also sources grain produced with DuPont Pioneer seed as a part of the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP).
While at FAFFA Food facilities, President Obama also spent some time with a Pioneer AMSAP farmer, Gifty Jemal Hussein. She shared the story of how her life has improved due to the innovation of Pioneer seeds and the AMSAP. Much of the corn grown under the AMSAP partnership goes directly into Faffa’s Corn Soy Blend.
“Our collaboration with FAFFA Foods is a great example of products meeting local needs,” said Matthias Heinzel, President of DuPont Nutrition & Health.