Donning a USAID cap, U.S. President Barack Obama tours Faffa Foods factory during his visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and says with ''a little bit of help, they can make huge improvements.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama toured a food plant during a visit to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday, before he wrapped up his trip with a speech to the African Union. The Faffa Foods plant is supported by the U.S. government program, Feed the Future, aimed at spurring economic growth and reducing hunger. Obama, wearing a USAID cap, says that there's still a ways to go. "The goal is to drastically increase the productivity of small farmers all throughout Africa, because what we know is that a huge percentage of Africans are still getting their incomes from agriculture and most of them are very small plots, and not a lot of technology," he said. "But with just a few smart interventions, a little bit of help, they can make huge improvements in their overall yield." Around 85 percent of Ethiopia's labor force is currently involved in the agricultural sector. Obama's trip to the country marks the first time a U.S. president has visited Ethiopia, now one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.