U.S., Jordan Sign Agreement to Promote Agricultural Development and Trade, Support Humanitarian Assistance

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Amman, JORDAN, May 10, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Jordan Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury today signed an agreement to support agricultural development and trade in Jordan.

"Jordan is one of our most effective, capable and steadfast partners not only in the Middle East, but around the world," Vilsack said. "USDA's food assistance will be used to relieve some of the economic burden that Jordan is facing as a result of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who've been displaced because of the Syrian civil war."

Through the Food for Progress Program, USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service will provide the government of Jordan with 100,000 metric tons of U.S. wheat, valued at approximately $25 million. The Jordanian government will use proceeds from the sale of the commodities to implement projects aimed at improving agricultural productivity and stimulating economic growth.

"The Obama administration remains committed to investing in the creation of economic stability and opportunity in the Middle East," Vilsack said. "As we have done in the past with Jordan and around the world, U.S. produced commodities will not only feed people but enhance agricultural productivity and trade."

The Food for Progress Program is a cornerstone in USDA's efforts to support sustainable agricultural production in developing nations and promote agricultural trade. The program helps developing countries and emerging democracies modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors.

USDA's food aid programs contribute to the goals of President Obama's global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. In fiscal year 2014, nearly 223,337 individuals in the Feed the Future countries and regions received USDA's agricultural productivity or food security training.

Visit www.fas.usda.gov/programs/food-progress to learn more about USDA's Food for Progress Program.

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