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U.S., Jordan sign agreement to promote agriculture

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

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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 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.

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