Thursday, October 6, 2016

MCC and the Republic of Niger Celebrate Compact

MCC CEO Dana J. Hyde, right, and Kristin Penn, at rear, join President of Niger H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou and his wife, Dr. Lalla Malika Issoufou, at the compact celebration.

Photo & story credit: MCC

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, MCC and the Republic of Niger celebrated the Niger Sustainable Water and Agriculture Compact. President of Niger H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou and MCC CEO Dana J. Hyde addressed a crowd of supporters that included official members of the Niger delegation, U.S. Government partners, and stakeholder organizations in support of the compact goals.

The $437 million compact will strengthen Niger’s agricultural sector by improving access to water, infrastructure and markets, and has the potential to benefit more than 3.9 million people. Event partners included Alliance to End Hunger, Bread for the World, Catholic Relief Services, Global Citizen, ONE Campaign and World Vision. Ahead of the reception, the CEO sat down for a one-on-one interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation on the details of the compact, and she and President Issoufou were interviewed together for a Devex story, which is expected to be posted this week.

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