On the eve of the 2012 G8 Summit, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs brought together senior global leaders to discuss new G8 efforts on food security and the opportunity and benefits of private sector investment in African agriculture and food sectors. Sessions identified ways business, civil society, and international organizations could complement and amplify G8 action on agricultural research and innovation, markets and trade, and nutrition. President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills, His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, His Excellency Dr. Boni Yayi, His Excellency Meles Zenawi, Bono, and other dignitaries addressed over 700 attendees.

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Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security
Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit
May 18, 2012 | Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center | Washington, D.C.

7:00 a.m.        REGISTRATION OPENS
Location:  Atrium (Concourse Level)

Location:  Atrium Hall (Concourse Level)
The Honorable Catherine Bertini, cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; 2003 World Food Prize Laureate
The Honorable Dan Glickman, cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs;  former secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

8:25 a.m.    SPECIAL REMARKS
Mr. Michael B.G. Froman, assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for International Economic Affairs

8:30 a.m.    HEALTHY AGRICULTURE: Improving nutrition works for economies and communities
This session will explore how incorporating nutrition into food security programming can improve health while promoting economic development.

•    Mr. Eddy Gicheru Oketch, British Council Global Changemaker; founder and president, Peace for Africa and Development Initiative

•    The Honourable Beverley Oda, minister of International Cooperation, Canadian International Development Agency
•    Ms. Ertharin Cousin, executive director, UN World Food Programme
•    Mr. Tom Arnold, chief executive, Concern Worldwide

9:15 a.m.        SPECIAL REMARKS
Ms. Gayle Smith, special assistant to the President and senior director, National Security Council
His Excellency Dr. Boni Yayi, President of the Republic of Benin & Chairman of the African Union        

9:25 a.m.    FARM FUTURES:  Increasing trade to drive economic growth
This session will identify tangible opportunities to increase intra-African trade and link countries to regional and global markets by building capacity, improving infrastructure, and reducing price volatility.

•    The Honorable Ann Veneman, former secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; former executive director, United Nations Children’s Fund

•    Mr. John Ginascol, vice president, Global Supply, Abbott Nutrition
•    Mr. Ashok Gulati, chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices
•    Mr. Donald Kaberuka, president, African Development Bank
•    Mr. Kanayo Nwanze, president, International Fund for Agricultural Development
10:15 a.m.        KEYNOTE
President Barack Obama

10:45 a.m.        FOOD SECURITY AT THE G8:  Changing the Development Landscape
This session will outline key components of the G8 deliverable for food and nutrition security. Leaders from the private and public sector will discuss their vision of this new way of doing business.

The Honorable Rajiv Shah, administrator, USAID

•    His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
•    His Excellency Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia
•    His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills, President of Ghana
•    Mr. Jørgen Ole Haslestad, president and chief executive officer, Yara International ASA
•    Ms. Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and chief executive officer , DuPont
•    Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, acting chairman of the board, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
•    The Honourable Kristalina Georgieva , European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response
•    The Honourable Andrew Mitchell MP, secretary of state for International Development, UK

12:00 p.m.        SPECIAL REMARKS
The Honorable Patrick Leahy, United States Senator, Vermont

Bono, Cofounder of ONE and (RED)

12:15 p.m.        BREAK

12:30 p.m.        LUNCH
Location:  Ballroom (Concourse Level)

INFORMATION IS POWER:  Advancing agriculture with data
In a pair of “lightning” presentations, innovators will demonstrate new connection technologies designed to produce scalable solutions more efficiently to advance food security.

1:30 p.m.        BREAK
Location:  Atrium Hall (Concourse Level)

BUSINESS UNUSUAL:  A new commitment to strengthening African food security
This session will focus on new commitments to agriculture-sector investment and partnership that are taking shape between the public and private sectors, opening significant new opportunities for agriculture-sector growth.
Ms. Josette Sheeran, vice-chairman and member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum

•    His Excellency Jean Ping, chairperson, African Union Commission
•    Mr. Anil B. Jain, chief executive officer and managing director, Jain Irrigation
•    Mr. Michael Mack, chief executive officer, Syngenta AG
•    Mr. Berry Marttin, member of the executive board, Rabobank Nederland
•    Jacqueline Mkindi, executive director, Tanzania Horticulture Association

2:45 p.m.    AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION: Getting to scale
In the face of risks such as climate change, disease, resource scarcity, and contamination, business leaders will debate how advances in public and private agricultural research, innovation, and technology can increase food production safely and nutritiously in the developing world.

•    Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, chief executive officer, Ethiopian Commodity Exchange

•    Mr. Dyborn Chibonga, chief executive officer, National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi
•    Ms. Janet Chigabatia-Adama, Savanna Farmers Marketing Company
•    Mr. Hugh Grant, chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Monsanto Company
•    Mr. Jeff Simmons, senior vice president, Eli Lilly and Company, and president, Elanco Animal Health
•    Mr. Jack Sinclair, executive vice president, Grocery Merchandise, Walmart
•    Mr. Sam Dryden, director, Agricultural Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

4:00 p.m.        KEYNOTE
The Honorable Lindsey Graham, United States Senator, South Carolina

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, secretary, U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Catherine Bertini

4:30 p.m.    ADJOURNS


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