Annual Symposium

Convened annually by The Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative, the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security provides a platform for discussion about the U.S. government and international community’s progress on addressing the problem of food insecurity. 

The 2013 Global Food Security Symposium convened senior leaders from across sectors to chart a course for how science, trade, and business can be mobilized to advance food and nutrition security. Speakers included US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USAID administrator Rajiv Shah, Dr. Helene Gayle, and Ms. Lauren Bush Lauren.

The 2012 Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security brought together thought leaders to discuss how best the U.S. and others can renew and broaden commitment to alleviating poverty and hunger and advancing economic growth and stability through global agricultural development.  The symposium, entitled “Sustaining the L’Aquila Commitments,” was held on the eve of the 2012 G8 summit in Washington, D.C.

The May 2011 symposium was cosponsored and supported by 13 organizations and attended by over 400 participants.  Speakers included Mr. Bill Gates, co-chair, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Senator Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor, DLA Piper; Mr. Chris Policinski, president and CEO, Land O’ Lakes, Inc.; and Representative Kay Granger, chairwoman, US House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

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