The Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security purposes to build and sustain the gathering momentum for change in U.S. food security and agricultural development policy. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is pleased to announce that the event featured the release of the Feed the Future Guide, the implementation strategy for the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

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Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security
Progress to Date and Strategies for Success

May 20, 2010

Schedule
8:00 A.M.    REGISTRATION OPENS

9:00 A.M.    SYMPOSIUM BEGINS
Location: Grand Ballroom (1st Floor)

WELCOME FROM SYMPOSIUM COCHAIRS
Catherine Bertini, former executive director, UN World Food Program
Dan Glickman, former secretary, US Department of Agriculture

9:10 A.M.    KEYNOTE
Introduction
Marshall M. Bouton, president, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Keynote Address
The Honorable Rajiv Shah, administrator, US Agency for International Development
The New Architecture for Food Security

9:30 A.M.    PANEL 1 – FEED THE FUTURE GUIDE – RESPONDENTS
Moderator
Dan Glickman, cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative
 
Discussants
Doug Bereuter, president, The Asia Foundation
Rosa DeLauro, member, US House of Representatives
Cheryl Mills, chief of staff, counselor, Office of the Secretary, US Department of State
Rajiv Shah, administrator, US Agency for International Development

10:45 A.M.    DISTINGUISHED REMARKS
Introduction
Marshall M. Bouton, president, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Distinguished Speaker
The Honorable Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president, Liberia
The Role of Agriculture in Post-Conflict Recovery –The Case of Liberia

11:00 A.M.    PANEL 2 – COUNTRY INVESTMENT PLANS: CASE STUDIES
The US government has identified several countries in which to target investment for the Feed the Future initiative in 2011.  This discussion will provide senior representatives from these key countries an opportunity to discuss the goals, priorities, and implementation strategies put forth in the countries’ investment plans and expectations for progress.

Moderator
Sir Gordon Conway, professor of International Development, Imperial College, London

Discussants
Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, minister of food and disaster management, People’s
Republic of Bangladesh
Aghatham Ag Alhassane, minister of agriculture, Republic of Mali

12:15 P.M.    LUNCH
Location: State/East Rooms (1st Floor)

OPENING REMARKS
Marshall M. Bouton, president, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Paul Schickler, president, Pioneer Hi-Bred

KEYNOTE
Introduction
Dan Glickman, cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative

Keynote Address
The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, secretary, US Department of Agriculture
Research and Institutional Capacity Building: USDA's Role in Global Food Security and Feed the Future
 
1:45 P.M.    SYMPOSIUM RESUMES
Location: Grand Ballroom (1st Floor)

PANEL 3 – OVERCOMING POLICY BARRIERS AND MARKET ACCESS CHALLENGES
Critical to long-term  food security is the construction of  functional and open local and regional markets  that can  be  accessed  by stakeholders  across  the  agriculture  and food
supply chains.  Experts and the USG strategy recognize that key to achieving this goal will be
increasing private sector investment and activity in agricultural and food supply chains in the developing world.   This panel will highlight challenges and discuss strategies to constructing and participating in reliable and accessible markets.

Moderator
Robert Thompson, Professor Emeritus in Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois at
Champaign-Urbana

Discussants
Raymond Gilpin, associate vice president, Sustainable Economies Centers of Innovation, United States Institute of Peace
Paul Schickler, president, Pioneer Hi-Bred
Ritu Sharma, president and co-founder, Women Thrive Worldwide

3:00 P.M.    KEYNOTE
Introduction
Catherine Bertini, cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative

Keynote Address
A. Namanga Ngongi, president, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Seizing New Opportunities
 
3:30 P.M.    PANEL 4 - INVESTING IN REGIONAL AND COUNTRY-LED PLANS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES The   L’Aquila   Food   Security   Initiative   and   USG   Feed   the   Future   initiative   endorse investments in comprehensive and multi-stakeholder regional- and country-led strategies to advance agriculture-led growth.  Questions remain about how to develop strategies that are comprehensive, appropriately take into account capacity constraints, and incorporate and coordinate USG internal efforts with other stakeholder efforts, without overburdening recipients.    This  panel  will  assess  the  challenges  and  opportunities  for  regional-  and country-led planning.

Moderator
Catherine Bertini, cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative

Discussants
Deborah Atwood, director, Corporate Affairs and Public Policy, Mars
Rodney Bent, member, Transatlantic Taskforce on Development; executive advisor, Booz
Allen Hamilton
Shenggen Fan, director general, International Food Policy Research Institute
Mark Suzman, acting president, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation

4:45 P.M.    CLOSING REMARKS
Catherine Bertini, cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative

5:00 P.M.    SYMPOSIUM ADJOURNS
 

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Symposium Materials

Held on May 20, 2010, in Washington DC, the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security purposed to build and sustain the gathering momentum for change in US food security and agricultural development policy.
US Government Materials Released at Symposium


Keynote Addresses from Symposium


Commentary by Panelists and Distinguished Guests


Media & Blog Coverage of the Symposium and the Administration's Release of the "Feed the Future" Guide

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