Bill Gates, Rajiv Shah and Tom Vilsack  to Deliver Keynote Addresses

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Hosts Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security

Who:  Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rajiv Shah, Administrator, the U.S. Agency for International Development
Thomas Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
What: Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security:
Progress to Date and Strategies for Success
When: Tuesday, May 24, 2011  Working Agenda and List of Confirmed Speakers
8:00 a.m. – Press check-in
8:30 a.m. – Welcome from symposium co-chairs Catherine Bertini, Executive Director, UN World Food Program, 1992-2002; and Dan Glickman, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1995-2001
8:40 – 11:45 a.m. – Keynote addresses and panel discussions
12:00 noon – Lunch and keynote address
1:30 – 4:45 p.m. – Keynote address and panel discussions
5:00 p.m. – Closing remarks and adjournment 
Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20004

DuPont and Land O’ Lakes, Inc. are c-osponsors for the 2011 Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, hosted by The Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative. The Symposium will feature keynote speeches from Bill Gates, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Media interested in attending please see instructions below.

The symposium will review progress on the U.S. government’s global food security strategy; discuss how long-term U.S. public and private sector support for agricultural development can advance global security, stability, and economic prosperity; and offer constructive thinking on future implementation challenges. View the working agenda and confirmed speakers.

The Chicago Council also will release the first Annual Progress Report on U.S. Leadership in Agricultural Development.The Progress Report tracks fulfillment of U.S. government food security policy development, implementation, and resourcing It highlights success to date and offers recommendations for policy improvements.


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEWS MEDIA:  Members of the news media must preregister for this event. Please e-mail Liz Poston at or call 202-207-3638. Photo identification or press credentials required.

About The Global Agricultural Development Initiative:
The Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative provides support, technical assistance and innovation towards the formulation and implementation of U.S. global agricultural development policies and offers external evaluation and accountability for U.S. progress on its policy commitments.

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