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Global Food Security Symposium 2010

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The 2010 Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, DC reviewed the final report of the Global Agricultural Development Project.
A woman and her daughter arrange branches of khat into small bundles in Somalia.
May
20
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Speakers
Rajiv Shah
Doug Bereuter
Robert L. Thompson
Tom Vilsack
Namanga Ngongi
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Aghatham Ag Alhassane
Deborah Atwood
Rodney Bent
Gordon Conway
Rosa DeLauro
Shenggen Fan
Kay Granger
Julie Howard
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Progress to Date and Strategies for Success 2010 

The Global Agricultural Development Project's final report provides an objective assessment of the risks posed by rural poverty and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It endorses a call to action for the United States government to work with governments and other institutions in those regions to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and incomes for smallholder farmers. The report was developed and endorsed by a bipartisan group of national leaders with experience and expertise on food and agriculture, development, foreign policy, and international organizations. 

About the Speakers
Rajiv Shah
President, Rockefeller Foundation
Rajiv Shah is the former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and is currently the president of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Distinguished Fellow, Center on Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Doug Bereuter
Doug Bereuter is a distinguished fellow of global food and agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. For four years, he co-chaired the Council's Center on Global Food and Agriculture. He is the president emeritus of the Asia Foundation, a non-governmental development organization, which he led for more than six years following his service as a member of the US House of Representatives.
Council expert Doug Bereuter
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Robert L. Thompson
Robert L. Thompson is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, where he held the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy. He is also a nonresident senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a senior fellow on global food and agriculture at the Council. Previously, Thompson also served as director of rural development at the World Bank.
Council expert Robert L. Thompson
Tom Vilsack
Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
Headshot of Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack is the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture. He previously served in this role for eight years under President Barack Obama. Prior to returning to USDA, he served as president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council.
Headshot of Tom Vilsack
Namanga Ngongi
President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Namanga Ngongi is the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, a farmer-centered, African-led, and partnerships-driven institution. He also the former deputy executive director of the World Food Program (WFP).
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President, Liberia
From 2006 to 2018, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf served as the 24th President of Liberia. She was the first elected female head of state in Africa.
Aghatham Ag Alhassane
Aghatham Ag Alhassane is the minister of agriculture for the Republic of Mali.
Deborah Atwood
Deborah Atwood is the director of corporate affairs and public policy at Mars Inc.
Rodney Bent
Rodney Bent is an executive advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, a global consulting firm.
Gordon Conway
Professor, Imperial College, London
Sir Gordon Conway is a professor of international development at Imperial College, and director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant funded by the Gates Foundation. He was chief scientific adviser to the Department for International Development. Previously, he was president of The Rockefeller Foundation, vice-chancellor of the University of Sussex, and recently president of the Royal Geographical Society.
Rosa DeLauro
Member, US House of Representatives
Rosa Luisa DeLauro is the U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. Her district is based in New Haven, and includes most of that city's suburbs.
Shenggen Fan
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
Shenggen Fan is the director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute, with expertise in transition economies and rural development in China.
Kay Granger
Chairwoman, US House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations
Kay Granger is a U.S. Representative from the state of Texas, serving the state's 12th congressional district. She is the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House.
Julie Howard
Deputy Coordinator for Development, Feed the Future Initiative
Julie Howard is the deputy coordinator for development at the Feed the Future Initiative—the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative
Read the Inaugural Global Food and Agriculture Program Report

This report describes the magnitude of this challenge, the reasons it must be addressed now, and an effective and affordable strategy to renew American leadership in the effort.