US pledges M590 million to develop poultry sector


Modern chicken farm production of white meat ** Note: Shallow depth of field

Staff Reporter 

MASERU – The government of Lesotho is set to receive US$31.4 million (M590 million) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Food for Progress (FFP) Programme to fortify Lesotho’s poultry sector. The Embassy of the United States in Maseru announced on Monday this week that this will be the first time Lesotho is a recipient of FFP funding.

“For decades, the FFP programme has been helping support efforts to improve agricultural systems and stimulate rural economies around the globe. Land O’Lakes Venture 37 has been selected to implement the programme in Lesotho, which will promote climate-smart agricultural practices, improve food security, and foster economic growth. “By providing crucial resources and technical assistance, the programme will facilitate the establishment of sustainable market linkages and enhance trade opportunities for Lesotho.”

In a statement, the US Embassy said the United States is deeply committed to ending hunger and malnutrition and building more sustainable, equitable, and resilient food systems at home and abroad. “The United States is the largest provider of international agriculture, economic development, and humanitarian assistance and advances global food security and nutrition through efforts like the USDA’s FFP and McGovern-Dole Programs. The USDA works continuously to monitor and ensure the success of the programmes, all while balancing funding allocations with current global nutrition needs.

 “As the world emerges from a global pandemic and faces the challenges of rising hunger and poverty, climate change, and the raging war in Ukraine, more than 190 million people worldwide experience acute food insecurity.”

The Embassy said the issue of food security has grown even more urgent, and the effects of food insecurity are widespread and devastating, adding that when there is food insecurity, farmers lose their livelihoods.

“Parents spend hours every day trying to secure their family’s next meal. Hungry children struggle to learn, and they suffer irreversible health consequences. Already vulnerable populations are always hit hardest, and food insecurity also holds back broader economic growth and increases the risk of violent conflict and civil unrest.”  


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