From: Andrew BEATTY [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 11:23 AM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP
Subject: Pool report 2
At 11:22 the motorcade arrived to Faffa Food, here is some background from the White House:
President Obama will tour the Feed the Future-supported Faffa Foods plant. Faffa Foods serves as an example of the role that Feed the Future plays in leveraging private sector partnerships to improve food security and counter malnutrition in Ethiopia. Investments and technology from DuPont Nutrition & Health and volunteer technical assistance from companies like General Mills, Cargill, DSM, and Bühler, are helping increase the quantity and quality of Faffa Foods production to better serve the needs of Ethiopian consumers.
Faffa produces 25,000 tons/year of supplemental foods including fortified milk powders, enriched flour additives, fortified baby flood, and fortified flours and barley mixes. Some of Faffa’s products are sold to the UN’s World Food Program for distribution to vulnerable populations and refugees along the Somali and South Sudanese border. Faffa is the primary supplier of baby food for Ethiopian children.
Station 1: Empowering smallholder farmers to increase household income
Participants: Gifty Jemal Hussein, Farmer; Melaku Admassu, Ethiopia Country Manager, DuPont-Pioneer
Description: Gifty, a smallholder farmer from the Gurege area of Ethiopia, will tell her story of how her adoption of high-yield corn through a USAID-DuPont partnership has enabled her to increase her household income. Melaku Admassu, the DuPont Country Manager, will explain how these high-yield varieties of corn produce 300 percent more corn of better quality than traditional Ethiopian varieties grown across much of Ethiopia by the over 8 million farmers.
Station 2: Packing quality products
Participants: Iman Abdulwassi Abubaker, Senior Production Advisor Faffa Foods and Ethiopian factory line workers
Description: Iman will explain how Feed the Future assistance through Partners in Food Solutions, General Mills and Cargill has enabled Faffa to reduce the cost of nutritious baby cereal by approximately 30 percent. Workers on the packing line will be sealing bags and packing them into boxes along a conveyor belt.
Feed the Future
Feed the Future is President Obama’s signature global hunger and food security initiative that invests in alignment with partner countries’ agriculture plans to spur economic growth and reduce poverty and hunger. With an emphasis on smallholder farmers – particularly women -- as the backbone of rural economies, Feed the Future supports 19 focus countries, along with aligned and regional programs, that are making progress toward sustainably developing their own agriculture sectors as a catalyst to economic growth and trade to reduce poverty and hunger.
Eighty-five percent of the labor force is engaged in agriculture.
Over 30 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day (2011).
Approximately 40 percent of children under five are stunted (2014).
Feed the Future is targeting 16.8 million Ethiopians in select parts of the country with programs to reduce hunger, poverty and malnutrition. Last year alone, these interventions helped spur over $44.5 million in new agricultural sales, mainly of sesame seed, maize, livestock, dairy products, wheat, honey, coffee and chickpea, as well as over $45 million worth of agricultural and rural loans. New data show that over the last three years Ethiopia has seen stunting rates drop by 9 percent among children under the age of five.