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'US working with India to address hunger, poverty worldover'
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Washington, January 08, 2011
First Published: 11:00 IST(8/1/2011)
Last Updated: 11:02 IST(8/1/2011)

The US is working with India to take to the world, especially the countries in Africa, the benefits of their collaborative efforts and joint programmes in addressing issues like hunger and poverty, a top Obama administration official has said.

"We're currently working with the Government of India to really bring the benefits of those programmes to other parts of the world," Raj Shah, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), said at a State Department news conference on Friday.

Shah was part of the US presidential delegation when President Barack Obama visited India in November.

The two countries had then announced the launch of a programme for Africa.

"That was a very exciting programme that we were able to launch as part of our 'Feed the Future' effort to address hunger and poverty around the world. And one of the really unique attributes of that programme was to recognise that India and Indian partners, innovators in technology and agricultural extension and agricultural science, had a lot of offer to other parts of the world, like Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of South Asia," Shah said.

"So as a follow-up to that announcement and that programme, we're currently working with the Government of India to really bring the benefits of those programmes to other parts of the world," he said in response to a question.

What was really unique about that effort was it was both Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh making a commitment to focus on improving agricultural performance and therefore poverty and hunger reduction, but really finding those unique areas, whether using mobile phone-based extension systems or legume research, that where those types of efforts could make a big difference in Sub-Saharan Africa, Shah said.

"And so that's been the focus of our follow up from there," he said.


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