March 31, 2011

East African Food Security Leaders Graduate

More than 260 emerging leaders from East African countries on March 29 graduated from classes to help them plan and manage national food security programs. The ceremony was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Classes were conducted by Africa LEAD, a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by DAI. The classes covered frameworks of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program and USAID’s Feed the Future program, and included instruction in leading and managing change, strategic planning and priority setting, developing Country Investment Plans (CIPs), and identifying the resources available to implement CIPs.

More than 1,000 people from 19 African countries, representing organizations that work toward food security, are scheduled to be trained through Africa LEAD, which is led by DAI’s David Tardif-Douglin. In coming months, the project and its graduates will analyze food security needs and capacity in East Africa and develop plans accordingly. The project will also build a database of training providers from throughout the continent and make that database available to food security practitioners.

For more information, click here to read a press release by USAID on the March 29 event.