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New USAID Project to Improve Food Security in DRC

March 21, 2012
Obama, one of the improved varieties of cassava developed for the project. (State Dept. Images)

Obama, one of the improved varieties of cassava developed for the project. (State Dept. Images)

On March 20th, USAID/DRC Mission Director Diana B. Putman launched a new five-year project to boost the production of staple crops, like cassava, corn, beans, cowpeas, and peanuts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The $32 million project, entitled “Food Production, Processing, and Marketing (FPPM)” will fund the development and distribution of improved varieties of cassava, as well as help to modernize farming practices across Kinshasa, Bandundu, and Bas-Congo provinces and thereby, make food cheaper and more available for the Congolese. “The project will increase agricultural productivity so that farmers growing cassava, maize, beans, cowpeas and peanuts achieve higher yields,” said USAID/DRC Mission Director Diana B. Putman, adding “it will improve the processing, handling, and packaging of these commodities so that when farmers bring their goods to market, the products will not spoil, and will be worth more money.”

Development Alternatives, Incorporated is the implementing partner of the FPPM project, with the International Fertilizer Development Center, TIFIE and Making Cents as sub-contractors.

The remarks by Dr. Diana Putman, USAID Mission Director, is also available to read.