On May 24, 2011, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will convene a symposium to review progress on the US government’s global food security strategy and provide critical thinking on how best to overcome potential obstacles to success. 

The 2011 Symposium will:
  • Evaluate progress to date on the US government’s approach to agricultural development and food security, both celebrating successes and identifying opportunities for further work;
  • Discuss how long-term US public and private sector support for agricultural development can advance global security, stability, and economic prosperity;
  • Offer constructive thinking on future implementation challenges. 

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Agenda

Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security
Progress to Date and Strategies for Success
May 24, 2011 | Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center | Washington, D.C.

AGENDA

Schedule
7:15 a.m.    REGISTRATION OPENS
Location: Ampitheater Foyer (Concourse Level)

8:15 a.m.    SYMPOSIUM BEGINS
Location: Ampitheater (Concourse Level)

WELCOME FROM SYMPOSIUM COCHAIRS
Catherine Bertini, executive director, UN World Food Program (1992-2002)
Dan Glickman, secretary, US Department of Agriculture (1995-2001)

8:25 a.m.    KEYNOTE
Introduction
Marshall M. Bouton, president, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Keynote Address
The Honorable Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator, US Agency for International
Development
“The True Yields of Food Security”

9:00 a.m.    PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION -
2011 PROGRESS REPORT ON US LEADERSHIP IN AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
The Global Agricultural Development Initiative’s 2011 Progress Report:
•    Tracks fulfillment of USG policy development, implementation, and resourcing;
•    Highlights successes to date;
•    Reviews areas for future improvement.
 
Presenters
Catherine Bertini, executive director, UN World Food Program (1992-2002)
Dan Glickman, secretary, US Department of Agriculture (1995-2001)

Moderator
Earl Pomeroy, former member, US House of Representatives

Discussants
Mark Keenum, president, Mississippi State University
Connie Veillette, director, Rethinking US Foreign Assistance Program, Center for
Global Development
Joachim von Braun, director, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

Respondent
Julie Howard, deputy coordinator for Development, Feed the Future Initiative

10:30 a.m.    PANEL – THE CASE FOR FOOD SECURITY
As food prices continue to rise, pressing domestic and international challenges vie for Administration and Congressional attention. This panel will examine the linkages between food security and major domestic and foreign policy issues, and discuss the priority it should have in comparison to other concerns. Discussion topics could include:
•    The linkage between present and predicted commodity volatility and advancing agricultural production;
•    The importance of agricultural development to poverty reduction, national security, and overall economic growth;
•    The relationship between agriculture and anticipated population growth and income shifts.

Moderator
Ann Veneman, former executive director, United Nations Children's Fund; former secretary, US Department of Agriculture

Discussants
Gordon Conway, professor of International Development, Imperial College, London
Ruth Oniang’o, former member of parliament, Kenya
Bob Thompson, senior fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
General Charles F. Wald (Ret.), director and senior advisor, Aerospace & Defense
Industry, Deloitte Services LP

11:30 a.m.    SPECIAL REMARKS
The Honorable Lael Brainard, undersecretary for International Affairs, US Department of Treasury

11:40 a.m.    BREAK
 
12:00 p.m.    LUNCH
Location: Ballroom (Concourse Level)

Host
Marshall M. Bouton, president, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Introduction
The Honorable Kay Granger, chairwoman, US House Appropriations
Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

Keynote
Bill Gates, cochair, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Making Progress Against Hunger and Poverty: Investing in Small Farmers and
Innovation”

Moderator
Michael Gerson, columnist, The Washington Post
 
1:30 p.m.    SYMPOSIUM RESUMES
Location: Ampitheater (Concourse Level)

DISCUSSION – BOOSTING PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT IN AGRICULTURE & NUTRITION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Private sector involvement is critical to instigating transformation in developing agriculture and food systems. Involvement is conceptually advantageous: there is
exceptional untapped potential for increases in productivity of nutritious foods in parts of Africa and South Asia and these regions are also projected to experience the
greatest increase in demand for food products in the next 40 years. Although barriers to private sector involvement remain, this discussion will explore strategies for increasing private sector activities in frontier markets and
identify priorities for USG, bi-lateral, and multi-lateral donor-directed investments that can better facilitate private sector efforts in agriculture and
nutrition sectors.

Moderator
Wendy Chamberlin, president, Middle East Institute

Special Remarks
Namanga Ngongi, president, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
“Enhancing Private Sector Financing for Africa’s Agriculture”

Discussants
Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor, DLA Piper; chair, Advisory Committee on
Agricultural Innovation and Productivity in the 21st Century, DuPont Namanga Ngongi, president, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Chris Policinski, president and CEO, Land O’ Lakes
The Honorable Josette Sheeran, executive director, UN World Food Program

2:45 p.m.    KEYNOTE
Introduction
Dan Glickman, secretary, US Department of Agriculture (1995-2001)

Keynote Address
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, secretary, US Department of Agriculture
“Feeding the World: How Partnerships and Innovation Drive Real Results”
 
3:30 p.m.    PANEL – LEVERAGING INVESTMENTS IN FOOD SECURITY FOR BROADER DEVELOPMENT
IMPACT
The US government and other stakeholders are working to integrate food security strategies to address a broader set of development challenges and goals. This panel will examine how food security strategies can be leveraged to better address health, gender, environmental sustainability, and economic development objectives.

Moderator
Ritu Sharma, president and cofounder, Women Thrive Worldwide

Discussants
Jason Clay, senior vice president market transformation, World Wildlife Fund
The Honorable Ertharin Cousin, ambassador, United Nations’ Agencies for Food and Agriculture
Shenggen Fan, director general, International Food Policy Research Institute
Derek Yach, senior vice president, Global Health and Agriculture Policy, PepsiCo

4:45 p.m.    CLOSING REMARKS
Catherine Bertini, executive director, UN World Food Program (1992-2002)

5:00 p.m.    SYMPOSIUM ADJOURNS
 

Resources

2011 Progress Report on US Leadership in Global Agricultural Development
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