Council Launches Task Force to Advise Next President on Global Food Security

October 18, 2016

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has launched a task force to recommend a refreshed strategy and rationale for U.S. commitment to global food security for the next president.

“With this year’s election and the overwhelmingly bipartisan passage of the Global Food Security Act, which enshrined into law many elements of the landmark Feed the Future initiative, now is the time to consider what next steps the U.S. government and private sector can take to help alleviate hunger and malnutrition around the world,” said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Council on Global Affairs.

The Presidential Transition Plan Task Force, co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and former U.S. Representative Douglas Bereuter, will examine global food security progress to date, the new global agricultural and development context and lessons from previous U.S. government initiatives to make recommendations for a new American vision and strategy. Other experts and former senior officials will join the bipartisan task force, including former Senator Tom Daschle, former Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, former Ambassador Mark Green of the International Republican Institute and former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Nearly a decade of Council research and analysis has demonstrated that dramatically enhancing the productivity of farmers in the world’s most food insecure regions is critical for alleviating global poverty and hunger. A 2009 Council report, “Renewing American Leadership in the Fight Against Global Hunger and Poverty,” helped inform Feed the Future, and subsequent reports have examined food security policy and issues related to urbanization, malnutrition, climate change, women’s empowerment, science and innovation, international development and non-communicable diseases.

“As we look forward to the next presidential administration, it’s important to acknowledge recent bipartisan success and find ways to build on this support,” said Alesha Black, director of the Council’s Global Food and Agriculture Program. “The progress already made should inspire us to increase our commitment and drive for greater innovation and partnership, realizing true global food security abroad for the first time as well as increased national security and economic opportunity here at home. While millions more remain hungry and undernourished, the last 70 years have shown that U.S. leadership around the world is critical to expanding access to safe, nutritious food.”

The task force’s work will culminate in a report the Council will issue at its annual Global Food Security Symposium March 29-30, 2017. The task force includes:


  • Douglas Bereuter, president emeritus, The Asia Foundation; former member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Dan Glickman, former U.S. secretary of agriculture; former member, U.S. House of Representatives; vice president, The Aspen Institute; senior fellow, The Bipartisan Policy Center


  • Catherine Bertini, distinguished fellow, global food and agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; professor of public administration and international affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
  • James C. Borel, former executive vice president, DuPont
  • Euler K. Bropleh, founder and managing director, VestedWorld
  • Thomas A. Daschle, founder and chief executive officer, The Daschle Group
  • Tony Fratto, partner, Hamilton Place Strategies
  • Rikin Gandhi, chief executive officer, Digital Green
  • Mark Green, president, International Republican Institute
  • Aubrey Hruby, senior visiting fellow, Africa Center, Atlantic Council; co-author, The Next Africa
  • A.G. Kawamura, co-chair, Solutions from the Land Dialogue
  • Janet Napolitano, president, University of California
  • Christina Sass, co-founder and chief operating officer, Andela
  • Rajiv Shah, senior advisor, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Ann M. Veneman, former executive director, UN Children's Fund; former U.S. secretary of agriculture