(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday, the PepsiCo Foundation, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new program that will increase production of chick peas in Ethiopia.
Thousands of people in the Horn of Africa are experiencing a severe drought. They will not immediately benefit from the new program, called Enterprise EthioPEA. The program will expand production of a crop that is grown marginally in Ethiopia. The organizations will supply irrigation equipment and modern agricultural techniques expected to yield more crops and expand production from the current estimated 100,000 farmers growing chick peas only once a year to at least twice a year.
"The world knows how to prevent malnutrition. The hunger we are witnessing today in the Horn of Africa is preventable with local solutions that support small farmers in being part of the solution. Enterprise EthioPEA will change the lives of tens of thousands of children and will chart the course for future partnerships to help stamp out hunger around the globe," said Josette Sheeran, executive director of WFP.
Long-term goals for the program include exporting the product domestically and internationally and for Ethiopia to become a leader in sustainable agricultural practices in the region.
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