The Kachin Post / November 17, 2019
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed to support two major projects in Kachin State by allocating approximately US $44 million for the five year period.
The $38 million USAID’s Agriculture and Food-System Development Activity will commit to support the inclusive agriculture-led economic growth in Kachin State, said U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel in a statement released on Thursday. USAID’s Local Works project also earmarks $6 million to address the drug epidemic issue in Kachin State, as well.
Both projects had introduced by the Ambassador Marciel after meeting with local Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kachin State capital Myitkyina. Marciel met Kachin community leaders, faith-based leaders, NGOs, politicians, and Kachin World War II veterans, who fought alongside with American, during his days-long tour in Myitkyina last week.
The Agriculture and Food-System Development Activity is expected to reach out over a 125,000 individuals in Kachin State, Shan State and central Burma. The project aims to increase $42 million of agriculture products sales by farmers and firms. The Agriculture and Food-System Development Activity is the first USAID agriculture program to expand into Kachin State.
The $6 million Local Works projects will distribute grants to local organizations to address the impact of drug epidemic in Kachin State, which has the highest rate of HIV infection and drug addicts in the country. The five-years Local Works project aims to implement promoting successful drug rehabilitation through improve access to support services and vocational training, behaviours that make it less likely for people to using drugs, and access to health services for all drug users without discrimination.
Local Works is a USAID international program which focus on building the capacity of local organizations to develop and implement innovative solutions to development challenges.