America's Role in Food Security and the Horn of Africa Famine

The Honorable Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in sixty years. Conditions are so dire, the United Nations has declared famine and emergency conditions in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. To date, the United States has aided more than 4.6 million people in the region and has provided over $750 million in emergency assistance. However, emergency assistance alone cannot solve the problem of food insecurity. President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative is addressing the root causes of hunger, as well as the challenges of poverty, water scarcity, climate change, and diminishing natural resources, by helping farmers in the developing world grow their own food. But with the financial strain of the global economic crisis, how will these efforts continue? How critical is food security to national security? Join The Chicago Council for a discussion with the head of USAID, Rajiv Shah, who has recently returned from Kenya and Ethiopia, on the agency’s initiatives for mitigating the Horn of Africa famine and the role of the United States in promoting global food security.

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