26 July 2016 Current Affairs: Second phase of the Feed the Future-India Triangular Training Programme was launched on 25 July 2016. The programme was launched in New Delhi by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID).
The programme will provide specialized agriculture training to 1500 agricultural professional across Africa and Asia.
Objectives of Training : To address human and institutional capacity gaps in food & nutritional security in select African and Asian countries.
Highlights : Under this 32 Training programme of 15 day-duration will be conducted in India and 12 Training programs of 10 days duration will be conducted in selected African and Asian Countries during 2016-20.The entire expenditure will be met by USAID and National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad.The training areas will be identified based on demand analysis conducted in participating countries.
The programme covers 17 countries and they are
In Asia : Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Mongolia, and Vietnam
In Africa : Kenya, Malawi, Liberia, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan, Botswana and Ethiopia
Earlier, a team of faculty of MANAGE visited Cambodia and Vietnam in Asia and Tanzania and Mozambique in Africa as part of Demand analysis.
The programme will help in harnessing the expertise and innovation of the two countries, i.e. India and the US, which in return will unlock new opportunities to address global development challenges. It will also help in bringing closure of the shared objective of eliminating global poverty and hunger.
A new Agriculture Partnership between US and India to achieve Ever Green Revolution to address Global Food Security was announced during the State visit of US President Barak Obama to India in November 2010.
The effort included Triangular Cooperation adapting technological advances and innovative solutions to address Food Security Challenges in Africa. This pilot stage focused on three African Countries i.e., Kenya, Liberia and Malawi with potential to expand throughout the African Continent in future.