UF/IFAS was the lead institution in an alliance with USAID/Brazil to negotiate, plan, coordinate, and implement the USAID-funded component of the Trilateral Cooperation Agreement between the U. S. and Brazil. The Trilateral Program was engaged in distinct projects in Honduras and Mozambique. These projects focus on improving agricultural value chains, linking school feeding to local agricultural production, facilitating access to clean renewable energy, and building human and institutional capacity to fight hunger and undernutrition. UF faculty and students were actively engaged in research and training programs.
The target countries – Honduras and Mozambique are aligned with the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative referred to as Feed the Future (FTF). As a strategic partner in the FTF initiative, Brazil brings expertise and resources that complement those of the U.S., which offers the possibility of more effective capacity building, technical assistance, policy engagement, and promotion of development for the benefit of developing country partners.
Initiated in early 2011, the first phase of the agreement was focused on improving food security and nutrition in Mozambique through two distinct program components: one centered on horticultural values chains, and the other on school feeding. Through these programs, IFAS Global aimed to improve the human and institutional capacity of the Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM) and the Ministry of Education (MINED). The horticultural program increased research and extension capacity, while emphasizing gender-based constraints and opportunities for enhancing participation and leadership by women in value chains. The school feeding program built local capacity to deliver nutritious food in order to improve learning outcomes. The program worked to sustain these activities through the support of local agricultural production and agro-processing. In Honduras, activities expanded access to renewable energy, introduced improved varieties of vegetable crops, trained farmers and students in nutrition and strengthen key value chains through a range of support activities. The Trilateral Cooperation facilitated investments in renewable energy applications that helped poor rural households improve incomes, health, and nutrition. The goal to provide access to some form of renewable energy for at least 10,000 poor rural households was achieved by the project. As part of the goal of improving agricultural productivity and nutrition, the Cooperation worked in four value chains in Honduras: (1) high-value horticultural crops, (2) sesame, (3) cashew, and (4) apiculture (honey production).
The Trilateral Cooperation is funded by USAID within its Feed the Future initiative for Honduras and Mozambique. For more on USAID, visit https://www.usaid.gov/. For more on Feed the Future, visit https://www.feedthefuture.gov/.