May 21 Symposium to Urge a New US Agenda for Global Food Security

May 13, 2013

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs to Release New Report on the Power of Science, Trade and Business in Advancing Global Food Security

May 13, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 21, 2013, leaders from science, government, business and civil society will convene at an all-day symposium to urge U.S. leadership in mobilizing science, increasing trade and capitalizing on the power of business to meet future food demand. At the symposium, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs also will release a new report, Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business, which puts forward four broad policy recommendations, composed of 21 specific actions to define the next steps for U.S. global food security policy. To request an embargoed report in advance email

Global Food Security Symposium 2013
Capitalizing on the Power of Science, Trade, and Businessto End Hunger and Poverty
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Tuesday, May 21 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Press Check-in at 7:15 a.m.

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
*Symposium will be held in the Amphitheater

Symposium Co-chairs:
Catherine Bertini, former executive director, UN World Food Program;
Dan Glickman, former secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Confirmed Keynotes:
Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO, CARE;
Ms. Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO, creative director, and co-founder, FEED;
The Honorable Rajiv Shah, administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development;
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Download the full symposium agenda (PDF).

Media representatives who wish to cover the symposium must apply to receive a media credential. Email to apply. Applications for accreditation should be made no later than noon, May 17.


AGree, Agriculture for Impact, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Bread for the World, Global Harvest Initiative, Heifer International, International Food Policy Research Institute, InterAction, ONE, Supporters of Agricultural Research, The World Food Prize Foundation, and World Wildlife Fund


Abbott, DuPont, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and Monsanto Company


Land O’Lakes, Inc. and Novus International, Inc.


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation